The DeSoto City Council is still in the process of planning to build a new water treatment plant for the city, but they are also considering the option to connect to Xenia Rural Water to help reduce the increase in water rates in the future.
At their most recent council meeting on Tuesday, DeSoto Mayor Nick Hasty said that the council will be moving forward with the current plan to build a new water treatment plant, but they will still look into the option of connecting to Xenia.
"I would suggest to council that we move forward with our original (plan) and keep going that way," Hasty said.
Hasty said that while every conversation and email regarding the process won't be released to the public, when new information is made available, it will be presented to the public.
"Moving forward with this, we will take all the information that is presented before myself, before council, before our engineers, before our public works, that will be compiled in a final draft, if you will, and be presented to the city, to the citizens, and we'll move forward that way," Hasty said.
City officials have stated that while Xenia is the cheaper option in the short term, constructing their own water treatment plant and continuing to manage their own water will save the city money in the long run.
The total costs for building a new water treatment plant is estimated to cost about $3.63 million while construction for connecting to Xenia would cost around $1.164 million.
During a presentation at the October City Council Meeting, it was shown that citizens are paying $7.12 per 1,000 gallons of water at a rate of 81,100 gallons per day in the city.
At a projected future rate of 92,000 gallons per day, the cost per 1,000 gallons of water through Xenia would be about $10.86 through Xenia while it would cost about $13.83 per 1,000 gallons at the same rate with their own water treatment plant.
If the city continues to grow, however, the costs will start to turn the other way. At a rate of 116,000 gallons per day, citizens would pay about $10.98 per 1,000 gallons of water through their own water treatment plant while paying roughly $11.51 per 1,000 gallons of water through Xenia Rural Water.
Hasty said that the growth numbers they are projecting are based off of where they are now and on the growth they have already seen in recent years.
Whichever route they decide to go, the cost of water usage for the citizens is going to rise.