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Montgomery works on funding for water line work

Updated: March 5, 2013 6:10AM

MONTGOMERY — Residents of Boulder Hill may soon see clean water coming from their taps.

The village of Montgomery, which supplies water to a section of Boulder Hill which has been experiencing problems with rusty water, will spend $8.2 million on a water line upgrade, to be funded by 20- or 25-year EPA and conventional loans. The costs will be recouped under a billing plan that will charge Boulder Hill residents an additional $13 to $15 a month.

Under one option, the village could apply for a conventional loan immediately to start the project. An application for an EPA low interest loan would also be submitted to fund step two of the plan.

“If we fund with EPA funds (alone) we are looking at least a one-year delay,” said Pete Wallers, village engineer.

Under any of the options being considered, the work would take at least two years to complete.

Wallers said the he thinks the best option is to use the two loans for funding, allowing work to begin immediately.

“We can get a good start with the bulk of the contract done now. We would try to give the contractors time and hope to get the bulk of the work done in one construction season,” Wallers said.

Residents of Boulder Hill have been invited to attend an open house Feb. 21 to view the project and get information on the exact impact on their homes. The open house will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Boulder Hill Elementary School.

Under any of the loans, the estimated cost to residents per month is an additional $13 to $15. Those additional costs will continue for the life of the loans.

Mike Pubentz, director of public works, said the project involves replacing some 18,000 feet of water main, and related accessories.

The problem with the water lines was raised last fall, when rusty water began coming through the faucets at Boulder Hill homes.

After experiencing problems with wells and a treatment facility in the village, the village changed the flow through some water lines, which caused sediment to come off of old cast iron pipes that run under Boulder Hill.

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