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: 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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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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NOTICE: WATER OUTAGE

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NOTICE:  WATER OUTAGE   January 13, 2017 Osceola Water Works is repairing a water main break in 1300 block of South Ridge Road.  Water service may be disconnected while these repairs are made.  Our goal is to have the repairs completed and have your water service reactivated as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation while we make upgrades to your water system. If you have questions, please contact the Osceola Water Works offices at: 641-342-1435 Thank you, Your Osceola Water Works Team If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at the office by calling – 641-342-1435. You

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NOTICE: WATER OUTAGE

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NOTICE:  WATER OUTAGE   January 12, 2017 Osceola Water Works is repairing a water main break on South Ridge Road.  Water service may be disconnected while these repairs are made.  Our goal is to have the repairs completed and have your water service reactivated as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation while we make upgrades to your water system. If you have questions, please contact the Osceola Water Works offices at: 641-342-1435 Thank you, Your Osceola Water Works Team If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at the office by calling – 641-342-1435. You can send

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NOTICE: WATER OUTAGE

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NOTICE:  WATER OUTAGE   On Friday, September 30, 2016 Osceola Water Works will be replacing a valve.  Water service may be disconnected while these repairs are made.  Those affected with this repair include West Cass & South Fillmore.  Water will be disconnected at approximately 9:00 a.m.  Our goal is to have the repairs completed and have your water service reactivated by 5 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation while we make upgrades to your water system. If you have questions, please contact the Osceola Water Works offices at: 641-342-1435 Thank you, Your Osceola Water Works Team If you have questions or comments, please feel free

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NOTICE: WATER OUTAGE

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NOTICE:  WATER OUTAGE   On Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 Osceola Water Works will be replacing a fire hydrant.  Water service may be disconnected while these repairs are made.  Several areas will be affected with this repair.  Water will be disconnected at approximately 9:00 a.m.  Our goal is to have the repairs completed and have your water service reactivated by 1:00 p.m.  If it happens to rain, we will reschedule this repair for Wednesday, August 24, 2016. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation while we make upgrades to your water system. If you have questions, please contact the Osceola Water Works offices at: 641-342-1435 Thank you, Your

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