2020 Challenges Motivate Osceola Water Works Team For 2021 Progress

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Osceola Water Works (OWW) and the customers they serve faced a number of unprecedented challenges in 2020. While it was understandably a tough year, there were also a number of positives to look back on as 2021 planning starts. The weather at the start of the year was a little uncooperative, but that didn’t keep OWW from completing the water tower rehabilitation project. Through high winds and rain, even some snow, much-needed water tower repairs, cleaning, and painting were all part of the Board’s efforts to provide a source of clean and safe water to the community. Ultimately, they were

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

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Osceola Water Works Did Not Meet Treatment Requirements Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we did to correct this situation. We routinely monitor your water for turbidity (cloudiness). This tells us whether we are effectively filtering the water supply.  Water samples for the month of September showed that 25 percent of turbidity measurements were over 0.3 turbidity units – the standard is that no more than 5 percent of samples may exceed 0.3 turbidity

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Osceola Water Works Researching Plans for Improved Water Quality

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It seems to be an annual occurrence. As soon as the heat of late summer hits, surface water sources around the midwest become victims of algae blooms, causing treatment challenges for municipalities and water departments and giving citizens concern for their water quality. In Osceola’s West Lake, the algae blooms have been increasingly difficult in the past few years. That, along with ageing filtration system challenges, has the Osceola Water Works team working hard to keep treatments ahead of the issue. Finally, after some engineering research and guidance from the DNR, they believe the issue can be addressed with some

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NOTICE:  PLANNED WATER OUTAGE

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NOTICE:  PLANNED WATER OUTAGE A water outage is planned on Saturday October 10, 2020 to complete water line upgrades in conjunction with the City Cass Street project. Your water will be out of service approximately between the hours of 9:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. for the contractor to update our water distribution system. This outage will affect the customer’s residing in the area of the following locations: 300 Block of South Park St. 200, 300 & 400 Block of East Cass St. 400 Block of South Dewey Harken Hills East Lake Park 700 & 800 Block of East McLane St.

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NOTICE: DISCOLORED WATER CONCERNS

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NOTICE:  DISCOLORED WATER   We are currently experiencing a larger than normal algae growth in West Lake.  Samples collected have detected elevated levels of algae.  We are working directly with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and made the decision to switch pulling water from the top intake of the lake to the lower intake. Changing intake levels has decreased the amount of algae, but we are seeing elevated levels of manganese.  Manganese is a common, naturally-occuring mineral found in rocks, soil, ground water and surface water. Manganese may become noticeable in water and can have a yellow/brown color and

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URGENT NOTICE: WATER OUTAGE

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NOTICE:  WATER OUTAGE   July 30, 2020 Osceola Water Works was just notified that there are a few main breaks this morning in town. We are unsure who will be affected, but some customers may experience an interruption to their water service.  Our goal is to have the repairs completed and have your water service reactivated as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation while we manage the situation. Thank you, Your Osceola Water Works Team If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at the office by

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IMPORTANT NOTICE – Osceola Water Works Online Bill Paying Link Updates

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Due to recent updates with the Osceola Water Works online bill payment and processing system, there have been some changes to where online payments are received. Those changes have been made on the Osceola Water Works web site, but it has been brought to the attention of Water Works staff and board members that some customers may still be trying to pay their bills through the old online link. “We have seen some notifications through the new payment system that customers are not accessing the bill payment site through our Web site” said Brandon Patterson, Osceola Water Works Superintendent. Patterson

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Payment Convenience Fee to Take Effect December 27th

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In an effort to continue providing bill paying services through online card processing, as well as to offset service fees of over $7,500 annually to the utility customers, Osceola Water Works will be instating a convenience fee of 2.65% for each customer making their water utility payment with a debit or credit card. This fee will be applied to the billing program at the end of the day on December 27, 2019. Access to a new payment portal through the OsceolaWaterWorks.com web site will reflect the changes on the same date. Since its inception, fees for card processing were absorbed

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Familiar Drought Conditions Emphasize Need for New Reservoir

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With a dry Spring and little to no measurable rain in June and July, Brandon Patterson, Osceola Water Works Superintendent is looking at West Lake water levels with an impatient eye. While recent rains have helped green up a few lawns, water main breaks from the dry, cracking ground continue, not to mention the damage already done to crops and grazing land around Osceola and Clarke County has made an impact. We’ve seen dry seasons like this in the past, and like in 2012, the last serious drought Clarke County had in recent years, this looks like the start of

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NOTICE: WATER RATE INCREASE

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NOTICE:  WATER RATE INCREASE At the February 2, 2017 Water Board Meeting, the board held a public hearing regarding a possible water rate increase.  The Water Board of Trustees approved a 5% water rate increase effective March 1, 2017. Effective March 1, 2017, the rates will be as follows. Residential                              Comm./Ind. Tier 1, First 50,000 gallons                                             $6.37                                        $6.68 Tier 2, Next 950,000 gallons                                          $4.54                                         $4.54 Tier 3, Next 2,000,000 gallons                                                                                          $4.19 Tier 4, Over 3,000,000 gallons                                                                                          $3.77 All accounts are billed for a minimum of 2,000 gallons of water. Bulk Water Rate is $8.25/thousand. If you have questions, please

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