Through Hollinrake’s tenure on the board he has witnessed RRWA develop from four counties to all or parts of 17 counties in Iowa and four counties in Missouri as well as nine wastewater systems. RRWA currently has more than 19,000 members and employs 60 people.
“Rathbun Regional Water Association has a wonderful manager in John Glenn. They are always looking for new ways to make sure everyone has water,” Hollinrake said. “You can see the pride around the plant grounds and around all the water towers that are always cleaned up.”
Hollinrake became chairman of the board in 1994 and to date still holds that position. In 1998, with guidance from the board, RRWA underwent a treatment plant expansion which doubled the capacity of the original plant to eight million gallons of water per day to meet current and future needs. With the rapid growth of new customers and the need for additional employees, the board voted to expand the office space in 2003 and a new board room was constructed along with additional offices and meeting rooms.
Hollinrake says much has changed over the years.
“The new treatment plant is just marvelous and it’s been exciting to see new towers go up.”
But he says one thing stays the same.
“When someone gets a new hookup from Rathbun, I never get any complaints.”
The new board room was dedicated and named for Joe Hollinrake, chairman of the board. In 2007, the board began discussions with staff regarding the need for additional capacity in treating water. The second treatment plant and lake intake, west of the original plant was completed in 2013. Following the completion of this second treatment plant, Hollinrake decided not to submit his name for re-election to the board later this month and will retire from his position after serving on the board for more than 42 years, with 20 of those years as chairman. The Hollinrakes have five sons, three daughters and many grandchildren.