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LOGAN, USU DEADLOCKED OVER WATER PAYMENT

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Logan and Utah State University remain deadlocked over whether the school should pay the city for water services.

In keeping with a 1959 contract, the city has provided the university with 24 million gallons of free water a month.In 1986, however, the city declined to renew the arrangement and has recently attempted to get the school to pay for water services.

So far, however, little progress has been reached in 18 months of negotiations.

Paul Sampson, USU's physical plant director, said he doesn't believe the university is resisting an agreement. Rather, USU is asking only that the city justify the change and demonstrate the financial impact of the service.

Logan Public Works Director Rod Blossom said the city's water system is more complex and costly to operate than it was in 1959.

Sampson maintains USU is no ordinary water customer.

The university, he explained, transferred 100 water shares to the city in exchange for the monthly allotment of free water. The university also shares its million-gallon reservoir and a 14-inch distribution line that provides water pressure to homes on the city's east bench.

Blossom said the city has continued to provide water to the university in hopes of reaching an agreement.