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  • Voters to consider water purchasing

  • The city of Blue Springs wants to become less reliant on Kansas City for water, and an issue on the April ballot could bring that closer to reality.

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  • The city of Blue Springs wants to become less reliant on Kansas City for water, and an issue on the April ballot could bring that closer to reality.
    The Blue Springs City Council approved placing a question on the April 2 ballot asking if the city could enter into a contract with the Tri-County Water Authority to purchase water directly from Tri-County.
    The city currently purchases water from Independence and Kansas City as well as a nominal amount from Tri-County. The city entered into a contract in 2005 with the city of Grain Valley to purchase water from Grain Valley, which purchases it from the Tri-County Water Authority. This was in an effort to solidify the city’s water resources. However, this agreement does not give Blue Springs an opportunity to vote on issues affecting the water authority.
    “This gives us independence, so that we don’t have to go through Grain Valley to make the purchase,” said Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross. “I am always concerned that if there is a drought or a problem within the system, who do you think is going to be cut off?”
    If the issue is approved by voters, the city of Blue Springs would be able to hold a voting position on the board for the Tri-County Water Authority. This would guarantee that the city would have input on any future projects that could affect water supplies and rates.
    “This sounds like to me a way to increase the number of options where we can buy water,” said Councilman Ron Fowler. “So this is just adding to our options, which puts us in a more competitive position.”
     
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