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Gooding Looks To Improve Water Infrastructure
Gooding, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) As the City of Gooding continues to grow, having a new system will be essential. Without it, they won't have many options for the future.
"This has been on the drawing board for better than four years," said Verne France, President of the Gooding City Council.
The last improvements to the Gooding water system infrastructure were over twenty years ago. Now, Gooding city officials are asking residents to approve a water bond to move the city's water system into the twenty first century.
"The city is looking at a water bond to make improvements to our water system with additional wells and upsizing of our pipes," said Public Works Director Todd Bunn.
The city's system isn't just old, but also nearing capacity.
"Since 1992 the City of Gooding's population has increased by around 800 people so this has put additional demand on our current system even if we don't have additional demand from the loss of the irrigation system," said Bunn.
Those are just some of the issues. The city is also not meeting state regulations.
"Well two main things. We are nearing capacity or at capacity with our potable water system at the present time. In fact we according to state regulations DEQ, we are out of compliance with meeting the redundancy requirements for the state so we need more domestic water capacity at the present," said Council President Verne France.
A water bond that will help Gooding continue to grow and move forward into the future.
"Frankly it's a system that has outlived its useful life," said France.
Residents will be asked to vote on the water bond during the November election.