A public hearing on the proposed Frankville water district has been scheduled for Monday, Oct. 8.

The Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors will conduct the hearing at 11 a.m. in their boardroom at the Winneshiek County Courthouse.

Frankville residents have been pursuing a community water project for two decades. State funding was approved for a water system earlier this year.

Up to $762,449 in state revolving loan funds were awarded for the project, with 50 percent in the form of a forgivable loan. Winneshiek County is sponsoring the project for the unincorporated village of Frankville.

User fees, which will be no more than $50 per month, will pay off the remainder of the loan.

The supervisors received a petition Monday calling for the incorporation and organization of a Frankville rural water district. It was signed by 13 Frankville residents who own more than 30 percent of the property within the proposed district.

If the district is incorporated, it will have no authority to levy taxes. A volunteer board will be appointed to represent the district.

Plans call for one new well to serve the community, and an existing well that can be certified for public water use may be utilized as a backup.

Construction of the project would take place next year if the water district is approved.

Households are currently served by private wells, and several have tested positive for high nitrate and iron levels, bacteria and contamination.