The current water tower will be replaced with a brand new water tower. This new tower will be in operation in the fall of 2021. It will hold 250,000 gallons of water. Part of the new construction requires the city to install a new water main. The majority of the work has been completed on this project with painting, electrical work, and other finishing touches remaining.
This project is financed through the drinking water state revolving loan fund program. We have been allocated $1,390,289 in SRF loan forgiveness and $879,945 in a grant from the state water commission. This significantly reduces the community cost of the project with the city, residents, and businesses paying an estimated $2,800,000 for a project that is over $5 million. The funds will be collected using a volumetric rate system meaning the water tower rates are based on consumer water usage. The water tower rate is $3.78 per 1,000 gallons consumed. This rate will also cover the cost of the new ground storage reservoir.
Ground Storage Reservoir
The current ground storage reservoir will be replaced in the summer/fall of 2021. It will hold 225,000 gallons of water which will compliment the storage capacity of the new water tower.
This project will also be financed through the drinking water state revolving loan fund program. The city is seeking grant dollars from the state water commission to help offset the cost of the reservoir. The city will also use funds from Operation Prairie Dog which allocates oil and gas tax revenue for municipal infrastructure. The volumetric water rate of $3.78 per 1,000 gallons will also be used to pay for the ground storage reservoir.