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HIAWATHA, KS. (2009-11-16) The City of Hiawatha continues to consider options for a new water plant.
A professional engineer visited with Hiawatha's City commission at the last meeting and proposed constructing 6 new wells in the city's South well field, as well as building a reverse osmosis water treatment plant. The total cost for those projects would run 11.3 million dollars. Another option the City is considering is to construct just 2 new wells- one in the South and one in the North well fields. That more expensive option- along with building a new plant- could cost 11.6 million. Hiawatha is also eyeing possible federal funding for the project, which is needed because of high nitrate levels consistently showing up in Hiawatha's water. The commission authorized professional engineering consultants to prepare a written report on the 11.2 million dollar project, to be presented to a federal grant agency for its consideration.
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