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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Park City residents will soon be paying more for water as the city pumps big bucks into taking out arsenic and other metals from its drinking water.
Over the next two years, water rates in Park City will jump 40-percent. The first half of that hike will come in July.
The hike will help the city pay for about nine (M)million dollars in new treatment plants and technology needed to keep the region's water up to state and federal standards.
About 40-percent of the city's water flows through mining tunnels, picking up heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and antimony.
City spokesman Myles Rademan said eventually the city hopes to relay less on tunnel water by importing other sources and storing more groundwater. He said city officials are also looking at alternative funding methods.
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