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A new resident of rural Riverside asked the City Council for approval of city water service to his house Monday night.
Kyle Saulter, who lives on 115th Street outside of the city limits, told the council that he bought his home in February and the well on his property failed in the past month.
He learned that digging a new well would cost $9,000, money he does not have.
Saulter said his family is using the hot water heater to filter sand out of the water that is being pumped into the home by the faulty well.
Bill Stukey, who oversees water service for the city, said running a line from the water main on Vine Street 1,000 feet to Saulter’s house would cost about $5,000. The house is one of about 10 houses along 115th Street southeast of the intersection of Highway 22 and Vine Street.
“We can certainly do it,” Stukey said, adding that he would survey neighbors in the area to see if they would be interested in city water as well.
Councilman Ralph Schnoebelen agreed with surveying the neighbors.
“I’d hate to run a line a thousand feet and then have someone two weeks later come back and say they want to hook in,” he said.
The council authorized Stukey to work with Saulter on determining a cost for running the line. Saulter would pay a higher rate for water usage than city users do.
The water line will need to be approved by Washington County, and the Riverside council will have to approve the hookup outside of city limits.
“To not have good water is a big issue,” Schnoebelen said.
Saulter replied: “To not have any water is a bigger issue.”