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Mabton continues water-rationing efforts

MABTON – Though the city of Mabton is moving forward with plans to improve its municipal water system, officials here still need residents to monitor how much water they use.

During last night’s Mabton City Council meeting, Mayor Mario Martinez noted the city still is imposing water rationing measures for outdoor use.

Accordingly, those with street addresses ending in an odd number are to water only on odd-numbered days, while even-numbered street addresses can water their lawns on even days.

Martinez said the city’s water resources take such a hit with summer-like weather that at times it may have to shut down one booster pump to maintain the system. The impact of that, he said, is reduced water pressure.

Of course, the hope here is that rationing and flow concerns will both ease in future years once a new water system is installed.

To that end, the city council on Tuesday night authorized Martinez to sign an application to seek grant funding for a new reservoir and mains. Mabton already has $1.8 million in hand - $500,000 of it a grant and the rest government loans – to develop a water system. The hope is that more grants can be obtained to ease the amount of water rate increases on users.

Currently, Mabton’s base water rate is at about $35 per month and it’s possible the rate could rise to as much as $60 to pay for water system-related loans.

Consultant Dave Van Cleef told council last night that if Mabton receives additional grant funds, rates may only have to go up to $45 or $50 per month.

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