\BENTON -- Latecomers were welcomed to Phase 1 of Scott County's rural water district but for this next portion it may be now or never.
"We're currently moving forward with Phase 2," said Tim McIntyre, district manager for Public Water Supply District No. 4 of Scott County. "It covers the northwest corner of the county."
There are about 1,200 potential customers in the Phase 2 area, according to McIntyre.
While there is a school at New Hamburg and a few churches and small businesses, "the majority of them are residential," he said. "Right now we have about 475 customers signed up in Phase 2."
Only those who are located in areas where Phase 2 water lines are planned can sign up, however.
"We have submitted the preliminary engineering report to the USDA and DNR," McIntyre explained. "Unfortunately, there are going to be regions in Phase 2 that are not going to be served at all because of a lack of user interest. When we do Phase 3, hopefully we can pick up some of those customers, but in Phase 2 they're probably not going to get served."
Once the contract is awarded for Phase 2, the water district will no longer be able to accept new hookups.
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