Recent Rains Ease Drought Concerns, But Water Works Encourages Continued Conservation

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With the recent rains, the relief felt at the May 9th Osceola Water Works Board of Trustees meeting was palpable. With a jump in lake levels of more than 3.75 feet, the board unanimously decided to exit Section 3 – Water Emergency of the Osceola Water Works Conservation Ordinance and enter into Section 2 – Water Warning. 

Click through to the latest update from the Osceola Water Works team and learn more about what Section 2 – Water Warning means to you and your water use…

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Breaking Down Your Osceola Utility Bill

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After recent conversations with some of our customers, we realize there is still some confusion on the breakout of the utility bill administered by Osceola Water Works. While the bill customers receive includes fees for Water, Sewage, and Garbage, rates and management for the water portion is the sole responsibility of the Osceola Water Works. Any other utility rates and/or service management fees are controlled through the City of Osceola.

To help, we’ve provided a more detailed breakout with additional information on your Osceola utility bill. That can be found through the link below.

Again, if you have questions, we encourage you to reach out to the Osceola Water Works team through our Web site osceolawaterworks.com, or by calling 641-342-1435.

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Encouraging Osceola to Think of Bottled Water as Conservation Measure

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While recent community water conservation measures have shown daily water use averages down and the dropping levels in West Lake slowing, the Osceola Water Works Board, City, and Clarke County EMA are encouraging water customers to consider implementing a bottled water routine for their daily water consumption needs.

To read more, click through to the latest update from Osceola Water Works…

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Osceola Water Board Passes Resolution Opposing Public Measure

(OSCEOLA, IA – SEPTEMBER 27, 2023) At a special meeting of the Osceola Water Works Board of Trustees, the board voted unanimously to oppose a public measure that will be on the ballot in the upcoming November 7, 2023, election. The public measure calls for the dissolution of the 88-year long Board’s management of the Water Works operations, to be taken on by the Osceola City Council. It’s the Board’s position that any transfer of operational management would be detrimental to the community’s water service and to the residents they are dedicated to serve. With Osceola in a severe drought

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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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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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UPDATE: Understanding Your Osceola Utility Bill

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With the recent updates to the paper billing (sample shown to the right) and at the request of our customers, the team at Osceola Water Works wanted to further define and clarify the sections of the customers’ utility bill sent out each month. Osceola Water Works has an agreement with the City of Osceola to bill for city sewer (SW), the city sewer surcharge (SS) as well as city garbage services (GB) to conveniently keep all local utility services on one, convenient monthly statement.  With the new formatted billing, customers can easily see the itemization of each utility service on

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Osceola Water Board Increases Conservation Plan to ‘Water Warning’ Level

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For much of 2022, the State of Iowa has been at or hovering precariously close to severe drought levels. According to mid-October measurements, 57% of the state was experiencing moderate drought levels – an increase from 52% just weeks before. Moving into November, statewide averages improved, but with little increase in precipitation the Osceola Water Board moved to increase the city’s water conservation plan from Section 1: Water Watch to Section 2: Water Warning. According to Brandon Patterson, Osceola Water Superintendent, the Board decided to take this step based off of current water levels in West Lake and as a

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Osceola Water Works Switching To New Billing Structure And Rates

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(OSCEOLA, IA – MAY 26, 2021) Osceola Water Works continually strives to provide safe, quality water to the customers they serve. In an effort to continue effectively and safely serving their customers, OWW will be transitioning to a new billing structure that will include a rate increase to not only allow the department to budget for necessary upkeep, repairs and improvements, but also make calculation and payment of future bills easier. Starting July 1, 2021, OWW customers will see the new billing structure. With the new flat-rate structure, the average residential customer will only see an increase of a few

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