Midland County Residents Continue Push for City Water

by Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - Getting city water is not far from the minds of many who live near Cotton Flat Road.

State officials are still searching for chromium in an area now over a mile in radius.

"It's the only solution. Our aquifers totally destroyed, I mean what other solution do we have?" Resident Kay Sathre, said.

Sathre and her neighbors support having city water, but if it does happen, it won't come easy.

"You know, you tear up roads, you dig long trenches, you put pipe in the ground, it's expensive to do those things," City of Midland Utilities Director, Stuart Pervis, said.

Purvis says extending lines are possible, but first you have to start with the money.

"As a ballpark number, I haven't done the design to know exactly where everything would come from, but it's probably between one and two million dollars to run those lines," Pervis said.

County residents say they are applying for state and federal stimulus money, but even if they arrange the cash and conditions, and get City Council approval, Purvis says they don't have an endless water supply.

"We were told in the very beginning when we started talking about the city water, that the City of Midland doesn't even have the water to bring us water, so they would probably have to start bringing in another source to supply water to Midland," Sathre said.

But for right now, the odds of getting city water here are stacked against this community still looking for answers.

Stuart Purvis also told NewsWest 9, officials with the City of Midland do sympathize with these residents, but he says paying for water out here shouldn't come from city taxpayers.

State officials say they will hold another public meeting on June 30th.