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City of Hull, IA using backup plans to supply running water to citizens

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HULL, Iowa (KTIV) - The city of Hull, Iowa is in need of something basic, but essential: water.

"We have to go from 700 thousand gallons to, actually, over a million gallons of water," Aaron Kooiker, Hull City Administrator said.

But help is on the way.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded 500 thousand dollars to Hull for water infrastructure in Community Development Block Grant funds.

The money will help fund the community's ongoing project to connect more pipes to Rock Valley Rural Water Systems, to increase their water flow by a few hundred thousand gallons.

Even with the grant, all of this new infrastructure will cost the city of Hull and its residents 3.8 million dollars.

According to Kooiker, it's a 3.8 million dollar backup plan, for a major water project that they're still waiting on.

"When Lewis and Clark comes through, that water will actually be less expensive for us because we're members of Lewis and Clark. We were supposed to have water in 2012," Kooiker said.

The city knew they had water shortages on the horizon, so they joined in with the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System. All of the members from South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota pre-paid their membership fees, and their home states chipped in above and beyond, but the money promised to the project by the Federal Government hasn't ever showed up.

"Right now, their portion is 207 million dollars left. I think they've put in 100 and some million," Kooiker said.

Until that project gets funded, the extra Rock Valley Rural Water Systems connection is the plan. That means a significant cost increase for the citizens of Hull.

"An average family is about 70 dollars a month, depending on usage. But I would guess that's going to go up about 30, 35 dollars a month," Kooiker said.

Which is a temporary increase... slated to last about 20 years.

At the end of the day, Kooiker says supplying running water to the community is the top priority, even if there's a cost.

Construction is currently underway between Hull and Rock Valley Rural Water Systems.

Kooiker says they hope to have it well underway by the time the major water demand arrives in summer.

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