Water Board Asks for Conservation Diligence as Drought Conditions Worsen

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While recent rains did little to mitigate the drought conditions plaguing the entire state, the measurements at Osceola’s West Lake over this past week show water levels continue to drop. On Tuesday the 5th of September, the measurement at the spillway was 61” below normal pool levels. With this information, the Water Board and employees at Osceola Water Works are asking the community to stay diligent with all levels of voluntary water conservation. “With West Lake being Osceola’s only viable water supply, we’re watching levels closely to make sure we can serve our customers safe, clean drinking water,” said Brandon

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New Water Works Board Member and Staff Added to Represent Diverse Community

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The Osceola Water Works Board recently had a vacancy with the resignation of board member, Kevin Rivera. Rivera’s absence revealed a loss in representation for the Osceola Water Works customer base. With the Hispanic population increasing throughout the area – 2020 U.S. Census records show Osceola with a 25.9% Hispanic population, 6.8% more than the National segment – the Water Board’s decision to make sure proper representation was maintained made the search for Rivera’s replacement take a little longer than initially expected. Sandra Ramos, the newest addition to the Water Works Board, was appointed on August 15th and will participate

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Water Works Board Passes Section 2 Water Conservation Ordinance

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In the Thursday, August 3rd water board meeting, the Osceola Water Works board passed resolution 2023-20 authorizing the implementation of Section 2 of the Water Conservation Ordinance. Due to an exceedingly dry Spring and continued dryer than normal Summer, the water levels at West Lake have seen little to no improvement over drought conditions from 2022. Even with recent rains, the lake levels remain more than 4 feet below drought stage. “We’ve really wanted to avoid this,” said Brandon Patterson, Water Works Superintendent. “But with the entire state under drought conditions, and our lake levels diminishing, we need to be

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Osceola Water Works Launches EPA-Driven Research for Lead Water Lines

For decades, the water lines and infrastructure to residential and commercial properties were made of lead and galvanized metals. With a recent announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), requiring detailed documentation and subsequent reduction of lead and galvanized lines across the nation, the Osceola Water Works Board decided to proactively contract with V&K Engineering to begin the process of gathering data and creating a plan for the replacement of lead and galvanized lines throughout the Osceola water supply. While new construction has required the use of copper and plastic lines, the recent announcement brings past construction and older infrastructure

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Dry Spring Raises Osceola Water Concerns

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The adage “April Showers Bring May Flowers” is nice, but when there’s less than expected rainfall, those flowers, and more-so, the water supply throughout the area suffers. Through April, May and June of this year, south central Iowa has seen lower than anticipated rainfall. With temperatures on the rise this week and the dog days of Summer just around the corner, the Osceola Water Works Board and staff are watching the water levels at West Lake closely. “West Lake levels continue to drop,” said Brandon Patterson, Osceola Water Works Superintendent. Our water supply will need to be monitored and we’ll

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PUBLIC NOTICE: UNITED FARMERS COOPERATIVE WATER MAIN RELOCATION

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(OSCEOLA, IA – JUNE 27, 2023) United Farmers Cooperative and Osceola Water Works have partnered to relocate a public water main pipe from the Cooperative’s property to Main Street, (Highway 69). Denney Construction will be the contractor installing the new water main along Highway 69 to Leann Drive. Denney Construction plans to start construction of the new water main starting at the existing fire hydrant south of Cross Ministries Thrift Store. The project will construct approximately 400 linear feet of pipe north to Leann Drive. The water main will be bored under Main Street and connect back into the existing

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Water Works Board Lowers Conservation Restrictions; Voluntary Monitoring Necessary

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The Osceola Water Works Board met for their regular monthly meeting and determined that the West Lakes water level which is now at 1069.83, where 1,072 MSL (Mean Sea Level) is considered “Full Pool,” the Board decided to exit Section 2 and enter Section 1.  Conservation Ordinance Section 1 asks the community to voluntarily monitor and conserve water as much as possible. “We want to make sure everyone is aware we’re still asking our customers to watch their water usage and to reduce waste, but some of the restrictions have been lightened until further notice,” said Brandon Patterson, Osceola Water

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Updated Strategies to Increase Osceola Water Quality and Savings

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Over the weeks of April 3rd and April 10th, the Osceola Water Works team, with the help of Carbon Central, LLC. of Excelsior Springs, MO, started the updating of the filtering materials at the Osceola water plant. This update is included in a two-part strategy intended to reduce costs associated with maintaining Osceola’s water quality and safety, which have almost doubled over the past few years. When asked about the filtering process, Brandon Patterson, Osceola Water Works Superintendent explained that due to sharp increases in pricing as well as regional water shortages, finding strategies to maintain Osceola’s water quality and

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Spring has Sprung, but Water Works Warns of Usage Restrictions

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We love to see the grass greener and the flowers blooming. The signs of Spring have definitely started, but even with the recent storms, the water levels in West Lake are still below levels to properly meet demand for the community. Brandon Patterson, Osceola Water Works Water Superintendent recently sent an update to Osceola’s City Administrator warning of the condition of water at West Lake. “We’re currently asking Osceola water users to operate under Water Conservation Plan: Section 2,” said Patterson. “Once we have confirmation updates to the intake can be made, or until we receive some substantial Spring rain,

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