City of Burton Badly Needs Pricey New Well

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

Everyone knows it's no fun when the water doesn't work in your home.

The folks in Burton have been dealing with water quality issues since July, and since their main water well gave way in August, they've been under some major water restrictions.

News 3's finds out how residents and business owners are dealing with it and how they're teaming up with the city to bring a new well to town.

Imagine if you couldn't make your morning coffee, take a shower or wash dishes.

"We've had water issues here for quite some time," said Steve Finn.

He and his wife Carmen live in Burton and run the Knittel Homestead Inn in town.

"We're dependant upon order to function on a daily basis, so we really can't, we can't tell our guests welcome, but by the way, you have no water," Finn said.

The city's main water well collapsed in August, leaving residents and business owners relying on a secondary well and under stage five water restrictions, until a new well can be built.

Burton Mayor, Peggy Felder, said, "After getting an engineering company to work on the plans for the new well,...Just really knocked the props out from under us when they came up with a figure of over $300,000."

$360,000 to be exact, but the city's been approved for an emergency $250,000 grant and several people from this close-knit community are donating over $25,000 to the fund.
The Burton State Bank has also agreed to cover any shortfalls with a certificate of obligation.

"The bank has always tried to support everything in the community...So, I think it's important that the bank does do that," said EJ Muehlbrad, the bank's president.

Finn said, "The one well that we have has been adequate to maintain just a normal level of business."

A single well won't satisfy the town's needs forever, and that's why this community is working together to find a solution for everyone.

Next, the city will start accepting bids from companies to begin construction on the new well which will be located behind City Hall.
This will be a long process and the city does not have an estimated date for completion.

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