Hayden to impose water restrictions

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— With the town's water plant in need of $2.3 million in upgrades, town officials are limiting water use for residents this summer starting July 1.

Residents will be allowed to water their lawns daily between 6 and 10 a.m. and again between 6 and 10 p.m.

Residents who do not follow the water restriction could be cited and face a fine as much as $300 and 90 days in jail.

"We need to let that water plant rest as we wait to get it upgraded," Mayor Chuck Grobe said. "We need to promote water conservation. "

The town is in the process of completing a grant application and trying to secure a 20-year loan that will fund $1.9 million of the improvements by next year.

The town is seeking a $300,000 Energy Impact Grant from the state. Town Manager Rob Straebel is also working on securing a loan that would range between $800,000 and $900,000.

If the town chooses to take out a loan, officials do not expect for the town to increase its water rates. A loan the town retired last year cost $65,000 per year. Town officials are estimating a 20-year loan would cost about $59,000 per year.

Town representatives say a high-service pump station must be added to the water system if capacity is to be increased.

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