GUNTER, Texas (KTEN) — The Gunter City Council has given unanimous approval to a plan to sell its three water wells.

After a year-and-a-half of planning, the Mustang Special Utility District has agreed to take over the city's water and sewage utilities for more than $9 million.

City Manager Rick Chaffin believes the move is in the best interest of Gunter.

"Our goal is to ensure that our citizens have a long-term, reliable, sustainable source of water," he said. "This does that, and this does that better than we can. We don't have the capacity to bring surface water to the city. We don't have the financial capacity. We don't have the technical capacity. So it's just outsourcing or selling this to an agency who does this and does this very well."

Chaffin said the city's recent water issues have nothing to do with this new utility arrangement.

The Mustang SUD currently delivers water to almost 30,000 customers. It has enacted Stage 2 water restrictions "due to historic high demand levels from lack of rainfall."