The Madison City Commission approved on Monday a proposal to establish a water advisory committee that will look at the city's options in developing water resources in the future.
Mayor Roy Lindsay said that he wanted to assign five persons to the water advisory committee.
Earlier this month, officials with the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System spoke to the city commissioners about conducting a capital call in 2014. The capital call would raise money - officials are considering raising $18.4 million - from among the system's members to spur continued construction of the Missouri River water pipeline.
According to Lindsay, the committee members will study Madison's options in expanding its water resources.
Construction of the LCRWS pipeline has been stymied during the last several years due to inadequate funding from the federal government, which for the last three fiscal years has ranged from $2 million to $5.4 million. Those amounts that were appropriated by the Obama administration are far less than the funding needed to continue to build the pipeline to its remaining customers.
Madison is the second-to-last customer that construction workers will connect to the pipeline. All of the state and local entities involved with the construction of the pipeline have donated their full shares of the construction funding. At the start of the project, the federal government promised to provide the remainder of the funding.
At an annual federal funding level of $10 million, LCRWS officials estimate it will take until 2049 to complete the pipeline's construction.