Humboldt hit with $13 million water tab



June 12, 2018 - 12:18 PM

HUMBOLDT — In Samuel Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” is the lament: “Water, water, everywhere, and all the board did shrink; water, water, everywhere nor any drop to drink.”

Humboldt, situated on the east bank of the Neosho River, isn’t at a loss for water, but drinking it could be more expensive at some point.

Brian Foster, an engineer with BG Consultants, Manhattan, told council members Monday night an extensive survey of the city’s water system — purification, distribution and storage — showed the need for a multitude of upgrades, to the point that if all were performed the cost would be about $13 million.

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