IG council considers water system repairs

The Ida Grove City Council held a special meeting March 26 to review a report from JEO Engineering relating to the city’s water system. The council received a similar report on the sewer system March 18.

The report, presented by Ethan Joy, Kurt Campman and Cody Forch of JEO Consulting Group Inc., outlines in detail the operation of the city’s entire water system and problems that exist. The report covers the water utilities major infrastructure, including wells, water tower and water treatment plant.

Among the recommendations made by JEO are the development of a test well program to find a location for new well number nine to help meet the average daily water demand and to improve the overall quality of the water, develop a transmission line from well nine and implement emergency power provisions at the existing well number seven.

A new well is needed because the current wells can’t keep up with peak demand. In the past 10 years, the city had average daily demand of 250,000 gallons per day, with peak demands between 610,000 and 740,000 gallons of water per day. Well seven and well eight are able to independently handle the average day demand, but neither well could handle the peak day demand on its own.

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