More than 100 years ago, city leaders decided there was not enough groundwater in the Lincoln area to support a growing city.
So they began planning for the future by looking east to the Platte River and establishing a well field and treatment plant in Ashland that provides Lincoln water today.
Now city leaders are again planning ahead 20-25 years, when there may not be enough water in the Platte well field to satisfy the water demands of a still-growing Lincoln.
The Lincoln City Council last week unanimously approved an almost $98,000 contract with HDR Engineering to study whether it is feasible for Lincoln to get water in the future from Omaha’s Metropolitan Utility District (MUD).
The HDR study will look at how water might get to Lincoln and how much sharing might cost.