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A fix for Abbotsford water problems gets $1 million boost


By Heather Sawaski

ABBOTSFORD (WAOW) -- Abbotsford city leaders are moving forward with a project to help with the area's severe water shortage. The people of Abbotsford have been dealing with the problem since the 1970's. But a boost from Washington will help bring back the flow, at least for now.

Congressman Dave Obey secured a $1 million earmark for the Abbotsford water project. City leaders say they found water pockets on the east side of town that could almost double the water supply if developed.

The $7 million project calls for 12 new wells and some pump houses. The Public Works Director says it'll be just enough to keep residents afloat.

"That will add between 300 and 400 gallons per minute to our supply which gets us to about even with a little bit of a cushion for the future at present needs," said Bill Beil. "It doesn't really allow for any growth. It just catches us up."

The Director says leaders are still working on plans to develop a pipeline to get water from Wausau, but that's more long-term. He says they're still looking for funding for the $30 million project and it won't be a viable option for at least another 5 years.

However, the wells should be up and running by early next year.

Online Reporter: Heather Sawaski

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