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Columbia city leaders consider water bond issue for 2018

Columbia city officials are considering a bond issue to pay for additional booster pumps to the city’s water system and possibly a new water tower to improve water pressure in southwest subdivisions. (Mark Slavit/KRCG 13)

Columbia city leaders saw improvements in water pressure levels after some homeowners alternated their lawn sprinkler schedules.

City leaders said southwest Columbia homeowners and several automatic sprinkler company managers did a better job of staggering their lawn sprinkler schedules.

At one point, more than 200 lawn irrigation systems were operating at the same time in several subdivisions and caused a drop in water pressure and in some cases, boil advisories.

City officials were in the early stages of organizing a bond issue proposal as a long term solution.

The bond issue would pay for additional booster pumps to the city’s water system and possibly a new water tower near the subdivisions.

City of Columbia spokesman Steve Sapp said, “We talked a little bit about a potential bond issue for water issues in 2018 after public safety issues are solved. That is something that we will have much more information on coming up in the next six to twelve months.”

Several neighborhood associations in southwest Columbia required homeowners to operate lawn sprinkler systems.

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