The Brainerd City Council Monday approved a wholesale water sales agreement to Baxter.
Baxter will purchase about 80,000,000 gallons of water from Brainerd to begin with, the Brainerd Public Utilities reported.
The wholesale water sale agreement first wnet to the city council April 16, but the agreement to sell water was put on hold to finalize negotiations with Baxter.
A point of indecision at the April 16 council meeting concerning the agreement was approved without resistance Monday.
The BPU had proposed a three years notice of intent to cancel by either party, but council members in April found that length to be too long. At Monday's council meeting, however, the council approved the three-year cancellation clause without reservation because it was determined the agreement could benefit both cities, said Dan Vogt, Brainerd city administrator.
Baxter's purchase of 80,000,000 gallons equates to about one-third of their annual water consumption.
Baxter would pay a commercial rate for the water it buys from Brainerd, meaning Baxter residents, too, would pay a little more. According to BPU, a resident in Brainerd consuming 7,000 gallons per month is currently paying $15.84. In Baxter, that same resident would pay $18.04.
The availability of water to Brainerd residents and businesses should also remain unaffected, BPU reported. Brainerd's peak pumped gallons of 721,000,000 per year is only 27 percent of its treatment capacity of 2,664,500,000 gallons per year. Also, the current pumped gallons per year is only 16 percent of the annual pumping capacity of 4,651,560,000 gallons.
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