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Residents sought to try reclaimed water

Beach and Island Estates residents weary of counting drops every time they water their lawns or wash their cars may get access to an unlimited water supply. The city engineering department is looking for people in those areas who are interested in a reclaimed water program. The program would provide unlimited use of treated city wastewater for a flat monthly fee for things like watering lawns and washing cars, said Richard Baier, city engineer. The beach and Island Estates were selected because a survey of water bills showed that they have the highest water consumption for these uses. These areas also do not have access to private wells, Baier said. Users of the system can expect savings on their water bills of up to $40 a month, Baier said. But first, the plan has to be sold to commissioners, and that is where residents come in. The engineering department, along with representatives from the different communities, is collecting signatures to petition the commission for this resource, Baier said. About 500 signatures are needed. So far, 150 have been collected. Anyone interested in signing the petition or getting more information about the proposed program can call Baier at 462-6042 or Fran Briskman at 446-3373.

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