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Water woes put a damper on local fundraiser

WOODS CROSS, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes is scrambling after finding out a fundraiser planned for this month is drying up.
WOODS CROSS, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes is scrambling after finding out a fundraiser planned for this month is drying up.

The Utah chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation had high hopes for a July 20th fundraiser.

"This amazing event this year, we were expecting thousands of people to attend," says Laura Western, Executive Director of the Utah chapter of JDRF.

This week those hopes were dashed as the city of Woods Cross informed JDRF it would not be able to supply the water needed for its Mud Run.

"To function and do the event we need three hundred thousand gallons of water and although the city has been able to supply that in the past this year they couldn't," says Western.

The city says it can't because of a potential water shortage. The city's water supply is running on one well right now. The others still contain low amounts of PCE, a known carcinogen at high levels.

"We felt that if we needed to supply this water for this event we'd have to turn those wells on and we felt we needed to keep our commitment to our residents," says City Administrator, Gary Uresk.

That commitment is a promise not to use the wells containing PCE, unless absolutely necessary. JDRF has a commitment of its own and is now rushing to find a solution so the Mud Run can go on at another time.

"We're not in a position right now to reschedule, but we will as we work towards the future," says Western.

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