The Wellington City Council gave city manager Roy Eckert the go ahead to negotiate with rural water customers regarding water wells and water rights, at a special city council meeting Wednesday. The city is facing a May 1 deadline to stop supplying “raw” or untreated water to rural customers. Eckert will still have to bring the deals back to the council for approval, but this gives him approval to enter into negotiations.
Since the early 1950’s the city has had wells in rural areas outside the city limits. The unwritten deal was the rural customers could use water from the wells on their property that the city put in, that are also used by the city as a water supply inside the city limits. When that water is used, it goes into the city system and is treated and passed along to water customers inside the city.
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