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Water deal with Niles moves forward

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Plans for Evanston to earn extra revenue by selling water to more neighboring communities moved another step forward this week.

Journal and Topics Newspapers reports Village Trustees in Niles voted Tuesday to authorize village staff to negotiate a contract with Evanston for the water supply as part of a combined arrangement with Morton Grove.

The Niles trustees also approved a $33,000 contract with consultant Gewalt Hamilton Associates to provide engineering services for the project.

Park Ridge is also considering joining the water project either as a partner with or customer of the two other towns.

The deal would require construction of a multi-million dollar pipeline to serve the additional communities, but estimates are they would save millions more over time by switching to Evanston water. All three towns now buy water from the City of Chicago, which has been dramatically increasing its rates.

Evanston officials say they can provide the water at a lower cost while still generating enough income to reduce water costs for Evanston residents.

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