“We want the word on the street everywhere that Appanoose County is a great place to be and wouldn’t it be awesome to live here or locate your business here,” Faris said. “People are looking at community. Is it progressing? Is it a progressive place or are there great improvements to be made?”
Faris brought up Safe Routes to School, city park projects, signage plan, the demolition of nuisance houses, projects and cabins at Lelah Bradley Park, sports park improvements and the upcoming paving project as examples of a focus on improvement that continues to make our area more attractive.
“Appanoose County is definitely moving in a very positive direction,” Faris said. “As Appanoose County continues to improve, that it will only happen with the efforts of many and not just a few. We’re destined for great things ahead here in Appanoose County.”
Faris said 90 new employees were added last year by six employers in Appanoose County.
Glenn assumed the podium and talked about RRWA’s growth since it was first organized in 1975 as private, non-profit water association governed by a board of directors.
By 1977, they had 1,300 installations, Glenn said. By 1980, they had 2,912 installations.
And ever since, RRWA has experienced steady growth.
RRWA is the largest rural water system in Iowa and the third largest in the country, Glenn said. RRWA serves 80,000 customers in 18 counties and 51 communities.
RRWA’s service area reaches west to Clarke County, east to the Mississippi River, south into northern Missouri and north to Mahaska County.
RRWA spent nearly $40 million and added a second water treatment plant and made various distribution system improvements completed and unveiled in October of 2013. System improvements include a water intake in Rathbun Lake, a new 1 million gallon water tower west of Moravia and miles of water pipe.
The new water treatment facility has at least a 6 million gallon per day production capacity and the plant’s design allows for daily production capacity of up to 9 million gallons daily.