Process first step in seeking water system improvements

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 09:46 AM.

Cain said the governor’s office had contacted the city for more information about the request.

“We should know in a few weeks whether or not he signs off on it,” the mayor said of the budget.

Mayor Cain abstained from voting on any of the consulting firms due to a conflict of interest. She said she had relatives that worked for one of the firms and therefore she did not participate in the selection process.

“We see our role as providing a way to get funding for these important projects,” Bruce said of his consulting firm.

Bruce discussed not only getting water service to south of I-10, but also repairing and replacing leaky pipes to make the city’s water system more efficient. He pointed out that in 2012 the city lost nearly 30 percent of its water due to leaks.

“If you had a gas station and you lost 30 percent of your gas, you’d go out of business really quick,” Bruce said.

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