Water system priority in HU budget work session

In 2001, the Hastings Board of Public Works drafted a list of core values, which included two promises that could be tested in the 2014 fiscal year: "To provide goods and services at competitively advantageous prices," and "to provide service in a safe … and environmentally-responsible manner."

The facts that challenge these promises are that nitrate and uranium contaminants flowing through groundwater have already caused some of the city's water wells to close and are moving others toward extinction.

In response, Hastings Utilities staff and the Board of Public Works have discovered ways to make good on its promises and keep the community's water supply both safe and affordable. They discussed those measures at the first of two budget work sessions Tuesday.

To read more, see Wednesday's Hastings Tribune or the Tribune e-edition.>>>

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