Uncertainty muddies HU water rate decision

Multimillion-dollar bonds, big bills to pay and 10 to 20 percent rate increases are what the Hastings Board of Public Works is staring down as it considers the future of the city's water system.

The board held a brief discussion Thursday regarding the need for a new rate plan to help cover the cost of changes to the water system.

In March, the board received a report from HDR Engineering on the state of the city's water system and what changes would need to be made to deal with the high levels of nitrates and uranium slowly moving into the area of the city's water supply.

HDR's multi-phase solution comes with a $45.9 million price tag, a solution that, for at least one board member, seems excessive.

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