In Hutchinson, people came out in droves to demand answers about water problems. Their water has chemicals and solvents contaminating it and those who use the water want to know how it will be cleaned up.
Hutchinson enjoys clean, healthy water, but chemicals from grain operations and other sources pollute the groundwater in the south part of town. John Bailey has a plan to clean it up. With plumes of chemicals underground, they strip the water, the reverse osmosis cleans it again at a cost of more than $36 million. Bailey says the money will maybe eventually come from bond sales, but it will be a fairly complex funding package.
Many people who attended Tuesday's meeting don't believe the city should spend that kind of money. If city leaders approve this plan, they could go ahead within a year, starting with new pipes and a new station. Ironically, the new station would be near a contaminated pump station that's currently shut down. Some just aren't convinced this is the best option with taxpayers footing the bill, but city leaders say it's the best option they've studied so far. The Hutchinson City Council could vote on the plan within the next few weeks.