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Hamilton city officials concerned about water supply

This year's drought has led to a rapid depletion of water supplies in the city of Hamilton.

Posted: Aug 10, 2018 7:00 PM

(HAMILTON, Mo.) The Hamilton Reservoir is losing water at a rate of two inches per week and the city is working towards a solution.

This year's drought has led to a rapid depletion of water supplies in the city of Hamilton. According to city officials, the lake that supplies the community with water is currently 70 inches below full. 

The city has been under mandatory water restrictions for months and if current trends continue, additional restrictions will go into place. 

Restrictions will go into place if water at the lake falls another 26 inches, that is when water falls to the top of the intake at the lake. 

Jean Van Iperen, the city administrator for Hamilton, says that the city has been working for months on finding more water for the city. One option is to supply the city with water via an emergency connection with another water source. 

“And so, we’re exploring any and every option that we can come up with." Van Iperen said. "We’ve thought outside the box on a lot of different things and so far, have not… The two option connections that we are looking at are probably the most viable for us right now.”

The city made an emergency connection a few years ago to Lock Springs, where they receive 100,000 gallons a day from. This was supposed to fix future water problems but has not. 

“Now because of the growth of our community, the tourism and that kind of stuff that we are seeing, we are seeing more water use." Van Iperen added. "And so that fix wasn’t a real permanent fix for us and so we are looking at doing possibly another emergency connection.”

Parts of Caldwell county, that includes Hamilton, were added to the Exceptional Drought category, the highest category, on Thursday's Drought Monitor. 

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