The water department has been growing. From a small system with only a 50,000 gallon water storage tank the city now has 6 water storage tanks with some 4,300,000 gallons storage capacity. With over 3,000 customers the city provides over a million gallons of water a day throughout the city. With growth the city built its first waste water treatment system in the 1980’s. With the arrival of Honda a new modern waste water system that treats over a million gallons of waste water daily. The waste water personnel also provide water testing for area cities.
The waste water treatment plant is a modern plant. The system utilizes ultraviolet light for disinfection which provides protection of the environment. We are still in the process of determining possible treatment options for the phosphorous removal requirements which will be implemented in future permit renewals. As technology improves the facility will search for ways to reuse the bi-products such as, bio-solids, grease, used oil, etc, to improve the process and decrease energy costs. The reuse of bio-solids is potentially the best option to be the quickest cost savings. Recycling of wastewater bi-products is in its infancy and not cost effective at this time but the future looks very bright.
The water system implemented a new radio read meter system in 2007. All meters in the system will have been replaced by October of 2010. The radio read meters provide a more accurate and cost effective means of obtaining the meter readings.
The system was designed to provide maximum service to our customers. The backbone of the system consist of twelve inch piping which form a complete loop around a substantial portion of the city. Deep wells and interconnection to adjacent water systems provide a safe and reliable water sources for the community.