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Brownton seeks sources of water losses in system

The city of Brownton will hire a consultant to find out why it’s losing water.
At its Feb. 8 meeting, engineer John Rodeberg of Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) said city officials had met with representatives of Rural Development regarding the city’s proposed street and utility project.
While there were “pretty much no major issues,” according to Rodeberg, Rural Development does want to know why the city is pumping more water than it is billing for.
“We pumped far more gallons than we metered,” said Rodeberg. “They want us to reconcile that, because your costs are based on water revenues.”
The city is looking at utility rate increases to help fund the project.