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Published September 20, 2011, 06:53 PM

Mapleton taking on water problems in unique way

Mapleton, ND (WDAY TV) - The Meridian subdivision in Mapleton has been plagued with water problems. Now a city councilman is using the same method as farmers to get the water out for a lot less money than competing plans.

The Meridian subdivision in Mapleton has been plagued with water problems. Now a city councilman is using the same method as farmers to get the water out for a lot less money than competing plans.

Work is underway to get a retention pond in before spring on the south side of the Meridian subdivision in Mapleton to help ease flooding.

Last spring the streets here had about a foot and a half of water in them. Puddles still exist even though it's been fairly dry the last month.

Eric Hillman – Mapleton City Councilman: “This neighborhood was designed right and is designed right. It just didn't expand as fast as the developers had hoped. So the future expansion of the storm sewer has not taken place yet.”

So without the new expansion the city is running drain tile from the northeast corner where water builds up down to the pond and to put in ditches to the pond on the south side.

This drain tile idea will cost about $45, 000 to complete. A completed storm drain system would run anywhere for half a million to $1.2 million.

There are some skeptics in town there aren't sure whether this plan will move enough water out of the neighborhood. The more expensive plans were designed by the city engineer the lower cost options was designed by councilman Hillman himself.

Eric Hillmans: “It's not the Cadillac plan, its not going to be instant dry like a storm sewer would be but for the cost difference I think it is a more feasible option.”

Ryan Johnson who's building a home in the neighborhood would prefer a more permanent solution.

Ryan Johnson – Mapleton Homeowner: “I think it should be done right my self personally but I understand the reasoning for holding off though.”

But even Johnson can't argue with potential cost savings.

Ryan Johnson: “Well I really hope that it works it is a huge cost difference.”

The city of Mapleton hopes eventually this soybean fields will be filled with houses someday and then a permanent storm system will clear the streets of water.

The drain tiling will be paid for by a special assessment of the 17 lots in the subdivision, and the developer is paying about a third of the $45,000 price tag.

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