Pretty Prairie struggles to fix water system

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PRETTY PRAIRIE, Kan. A small Kansas town struggles to fix its water system, and now the federal government says it's time to take action.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the nitrate levels in Pretty Prairie's water are too high, higher than the standard it sets for all states.

But most in Pretty Prairie say the financial burden to fix it could hurt the people who live in the town, the schools, and ultimately the community.

Pretty Prairie has struggled with high nitrate levels in its water for years. In 2014, those levels exceeded EPA standards again.

The action the community is looking toward is a $2.4 million water treatment plant and a new water tower. The city is looking for grants and loans to cover some of that cost.

During a town hall meeting Wednesday night about the water project, most who weighed in were critical, but city leaders say, for now, there's no good second option.

Still, they're worried the choice they might have to make could hurt their community.