HEBER — If only half the proposed developments mentioned by George Aguilar come to fruition, the town is going to need more than 131 water hookups.
Aguilar, told the Heber Public Utilities District Board of Directors here during Thursday's meeting that he has had discussions with developers who want to build power plants, gas stations, "big box" stores, houses and industrial parks in Heber.
Aguilar is the district's general manager.
To provide water to the future Heberites, the town is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build a multi-million dollar water treatment plant. However, utility district Manuel Castaneda told the board that after meeting with USDA reps last week it looks like the plant won't be operational until May or June 2002.
Castaneda said the USDA won't allocate the $2.5 million pledged for the project until budget meetings in October
It will take a month to process the grant, leaving Heber without the grant money until November, and no future hookups until the summer of 2002 at the earliest, he said.