Clay Rural Water will flow to Union County

Clay Rural Water will flow to Union County Clay Rural Water System Expansion By David Lias By November of 2006, a planned expansion of the Clay Rural Water System, Inc. (CRWS) project will deliver water to a large portion of Union County.

�This project will bring rural water service to the rural areas of Elk Point, Jefferson, McCook Lake and North Sioux City as well as Deer Run, Riv-R-Land and Sandy Mead housing developments,� said Rick Peterson, president of the CRWS board of directors at a press conference held June 10 in the city hall council chambers of North Sioux City.

Peterson added that the water system has also reached an agreement to purchase the waterworks assets of the Wynstone housing development and will take over operation of that system Sept. 1.

The total value of this project is just under $5 million. It will serve 330 farms and residences in the project area.

The distribution system will consist of 80 miles of pipeline. DeWild, Grant, Reckert and Associates, Rock Rapids, IA, is the project engineer. Construction will begin this fall.

CRWS will spend approximately $1.1 million to remodel the Wynstone water treatment plant, located in Union County, to increase it capacity and the level of treatment, said Greg Merrigan, manager of the CRWS.

�The plant will serve as the main source of water for the expansion area,� he said. �We will be utilizing state-of-the-art reverse osmosis treatment in the plant that will produce very high quality water. There is an abundance of ground water in the project area but it can be high in minerals.�

The total cost of the distribution system, including 80 miles of pvc lines ranging in size from one-and-a half to eight inches in diameter, will be $1.75 million. An additional $1.62 million will be spent for asset purchases, engineering and administration.

A new $500,000 water tower also will be constructed. Total cost of the project will be $4,992,129.

Funding sources for the expansion include a $412,000 Community Development Block Grant, a $500,000 DENR Consolidated Program Grant, a $3,631,000 DENR State Revolving Fund loan, and a National Bank for Cooperatives loan totaling $279,000.

�New members who connect to the project each pay a connection fee,� Merrigan said. �Those fees will total $170,000 towards project construction.�

He noted the total financing costs will be paid by the new users in the project area. No existing CRWS users will subsidize the expansion.

�This project is the result of four years of study by Clay Rural Water,� Peterson said. �It is happening because of the desire of the residents of this area for better quality water.�

CRWS is a member-owned, non-profit corporation incorporated in 1975. The water system was financed and constructed from 1978-80 primarily with member connection fees and loans and grants from the Farmers Home Administration and the state.

The system became fully operational in 1980. The original construction cost was $5.8 million.

A water treatment plant located seven miles east of Wakonda serves a member population base of 4,500. Water is distributed from the plant through a network of 770 miles of pipeline, five storage reservoirs with a capacity of 790,000 gallons, and three booster stations.

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