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Firm hired to test water levels in Beaver Lake

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The City of Jasper has hired an Indianapolis based firm to figure out why Beaver Lake's water level is dropping. 

The General Manager of City Utilities Bud Hauersperger tells 14 News that the water level at the lake has dropped by about nine inches ever since a new spillway was built there.

Officials say the new spillway was built to meet new DNR requirements, but construction likely caused the drop in the water level.  

Officials say less water is good from a safety standpoint, but the city needs as much water as it can get in case of a drought.

"If we did add another nine inches, it would give us, I think someone calculated like 60 million gallons of water extra, which would help in a drought situation," Hauersperger said.

Officials say any new construction would likely be paid for through higher rental rates for the properties surrounding the lake.

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