Video Update: Comparison of Water Levels in Osceola’s West Lake

water levels in Osceola's West Lake

Over last week’s “Nice weather break,” Osceola Water Works sent up a drone to get a bird’s-eye view of the water levels at West Lake. The visual level comparisons from late fall are something to see.

With little precipitation in the forecast, the officials are asking everyone to recommit themselves to water conservation and be vigilant about every gallon of water used.

Click through to watch the video and get the latest updates on efforts to help the community through this water crisis…

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Current Drought Conditions Can Cause Increase in Water Infrastructure Disruptions

osceola water main breaks

Osceola Water Works has been aware of the recent rise in water main breaks throughout the city. With temps fluctuating and ground shifting from freezing and thawing, breaks seem to be more pervasive than in the past, but that isn’t actually the case.

The most recent update from Osceola Water Works discusses the conditions that lead to infrastructure disruptions and gives a little history on Osceola’s updates and how to help report.

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State of Osceola’s Water – Town Hall Follow-up

Osceola Water Works - State of Osceola's Water Town Hall Meeting

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the State of Osceola’s Water Town Hall meeting last week. There were a lot of great discussions and actions items developed or reinforced from the event. Overall we think it was a success and appreciate everyone’s time. 

In our most recent post, we’ve put together a summary of the meeting and the top action items taken from the conversations. We’ve also included the full, 2-hour video of the meeting for anyone who has missed it or would like to watch it again.

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Special Event – Town Hall Discussion – State of Osceola’s Water

special Town Hall Meeting about Osceola's drought and water emergency

the Osceola Water Works Team is bringing city officials and those who know the most current conditions of Osceola’s water supply together to have an open “Town Hall Discussion” on the state of Osceola’s water. The special event information – Location, time, topic details, etc. – is in the recent post at Osceolawaterworks.com.

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Spring has Sprung, but Water Works Warns of Usage Restrictions

west lake water supply for osceola iowa

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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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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Why and How to Build a Rain Garden

Turn on the Home and Garden channel or visit newer parks and botanical centers and you are bound to hear about a rain garden. Landscapers, homeowners and conservationists are all catching on to rain gardens and spreading the word about what they do and how to build one. While planning and creating your own rain garden may seem like a daunting task, we’re here to answer some questions! What is a rain garden and why is it important? A rain garden is a landscaped area planted with wild flowers and other native vegetation that soak up rain runoff from roofs, driveways or yards.

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