An agreement approved by the Vandalia City Council on Monday paves the way for Fayette Water Co. to move forward with its plans to provide water to residents in rural areas outside the city.
That agreement calls for the city to sell water to Fayette Water at a rate of $3.45 per 1,000 gallons, the same rate charged to in-city water users who consume at least 40,000 gallons per month.
Through its latest expansion, Fayette Water wants to offer water service to people living north and west of Vandalia, including the Vandalia Lake area, and Shafter and Sharon townships.
At a public meeting held in February, Fayette Water Manager and board Treasurer Randy Wolf said the rural water company is hoping to add 300-400 users to its system. He told the councils water and disposal plants committee a couple of weeks ago that it currently has about 150 users signed up, and that another public meeting for potential customers will be held in January.
There are a lot more people who took applications, so I know theres some more interest, Wolf told the committee. We have a lot of interest on (Ill. Route) 185 out quite a ways.
The contract allows Fayette Water to pull water from the city, as needed, for two years after its startup of service to that area.
One concern voiced about both the committee meeting and the council meeting was what affect drought conditions might have on the citys ability to meet the needs of local residents and Fayette Water.
Alderman Larry Cable, chairman of the water and disposal plants committee, said at Mondays council meeting that the agreement allows the city to cut back on the amount given to Fayette Water.
At the committee meeting, Wolf pointed out that by hooking up to the Gateway Regional Water System, Fayette Water will have the ability in the future to help out the city in drought conditions.
If there comes a day that Vandalia needs water, we plan to be sitting on a large amount, Wolf told the committee.
Fayette Water is one of nine water systems that make up Gateway Regional, which will be taking water from Carlyle Lake.
In supporting the proposed agreement at the committee meeting, Alderman Chad Feldpouch cited that benefit to the city. Were going to be getting something in return, he said.