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Northeast Nebraska approves rural water study

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The Board of the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District has given the go ahead for a study to research a possible rural water system.

The proposed system would be voluntary for rural residents south of Norfolk, Nebraska.

The board gave their unanimous vote last night for a consulting group to launch the 10 month feasibility study beginning immediately.

The study area covers Madison County south of Norfolk, southwestern Stanton County and northern Platte County.

Officials say due to last summer's drought, some wells in the area went dry.

If approved, the new water system would be used for domestic and commercial use and will offer a new option.

LENRD staff say the feasibility study will determine if there is a good source of water and if the project is viable.

"Do we have a lot of folks out here that are potential customers? Do we have a viable system in terms of where the lines might go and a potential tank site and those kinds of things, the components that go into rural water." said Stan Staab of the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District.

The proposed rural water system would not only involve rural residents in the area, but may also include folks living inside the city of Humphrey in Platte County where some water issues have been identified.

It would be based in nearby Madison.

Residents inside the proposed area would have the choice of whether or not to participate in the system.

If they choose not to participate, they would continue with their current water source.

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