New Hartford seeks to purchase bulk water for new housing addition

In an attempt to move things forward with the ongoing discussion of water rights at the site of the proposed new housing development in town, the New Hartford city council has decided to pursue the option of purchasing bulk water from the Iowa Rural Utilities Association (IRUA) to distribute at the new addition.

 

Detailed in a story in last week’s Parkersburg Eclipse, the city of New Hartford recently annexed a plot of land into city limits, which would be used by a private developer who plans to build a new housing development.

 

Recently, though, the city found out that a private utilities corporation - the Iowa Rural Utilities Association - had come forward to claim that they own water rights to the land, meaning the city cannot run water utilities out to the new addition and that water would need to be provided by the IRUA. This poses an issue for the city, by locking them out of receiving any revenue for water services at the new addition.

 

After looking at a number of different options and approaches during a special workshop meeting last week, the city has decided to pursue the option of purchasing bulk water from the IRUA to distribute at the new addition.

 

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