Indiana subdivision will run on "imported" water

An Indiana subdivision is poised to tap into "Pure Michigan" water.

The water wells that have always served some 211 homes in Wedgewood Park in Clay Township were built in the 1950’s and are now plagued by high mineral and low pressure problems.

“The pressure of the water is not very good, I have a two story house and the pressure upstairs is horrible,” said Wedgewood resident Paulo Neto. “And even to water my grass, I have a little hard time with that.”

Meantime, a few blocks away—albeit north of the border—sits a municipal water system built by Niles Charter Township in 2006.

The cost for Wedgewood residents to tap into the Niles Township system is $60,000; the cost of replacing the old Wedgewood wells is over $200,000.

Over the past few weeks the groundwork has finally been put into place to provide the Indiana subdivision with a constant flow of imported Michigan water.

“It wouldn’t take much to be a little bit better than what we’ve got,” said Wedgewood resident Dave Bogunia.

The change means Wedgewood water users will have to shoulder a 33 percent rate hike (about $8 per month for the average customer). In exchange, they’ll get water at a constant 62 p.s.i., as opposed to the current system where the water pressure can fluctuate between 40 p.s.i. and 70 p.s.i.

The only concern at the Bogunia household is, can the pipes take it? “You know, we’re 50, 60 years old here in the division, in the subdivision and some of my neighbors have thought we’re bringing in this new source of water with new pressure but coming in through 60 year old pipes.”

The multi-state utility model is rare, but not unprecedented. There are areas in southern Indiana where water is sold to residents of Illinois.

Plans call for the Wedgewood water source switch to take place by the end of this year.

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