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Carthage Might Increase Water Purchases

Carthage, IL – Carthage might quadruple the amount of water it buys from Hamilton. Mayor James Nightingale says the city has a contract to buy 20,000 thousand gallons a day to supplement what it draws from its lake. However, he says the lake is as low as he's ever seen it and the supply is inadequate. He says the city is considering buying up to 80-thousand gallons per day. He says the city uses almost 300-thousand gallons each day. Nightingale says the lake might become full after spring rains, which could cut the amount the city would have to buy. In the past, the city has supplemented its supply from a creek near the lake, but that has gone dry. Water from a deep well that was planned as an auxiliary supply proved too difficult to treat.