In the next two years, RRWA plans to spend $3 million to rehabilitate portions of the original water treatment plant that went online in 1977 at a cost of $25 million.
And just recently RRWA signed a contract with Bloomfield to supply that city with water.
Glenn said the cost of water is less than 1/2 penny per gallon.
“So it’s really, truly a bargain,” Glenn said. “Think of all of the uses you have for it. So the next time you turn on the tap just remember how great water that is and how great a system we have in this county, that it’s so safe.”
Glenn talked about the efforts to help prevent sediment and phosphorus from reaching Rathbun Lake. He mentioned the efforts of non-profit Rathbun Land and Water Alliance to help prevent erosion from reaching the lake.
“They’ve been recognized throughout the state of Iowa and even nationally as one of the premier watershed projects that’s going on right now,” Glenn said.
Through RL&WA efforts and with farmers in the watershed, Glenn said, per year 44,000 tons of sediment and 180,000 pounds of phosphorus are being kept out of Rathbun Lake.
Less phosphorus means less algae blooms in late summer which means a more consistent smelling and tasting water supply.
Glenn had been the CEO and COO at RRWA for the past 16 years. RRWA has a staff of 60.
The banquet started at 6 p.m. and ended after 8:30 p.m.
Reservations for the banquet this year were 188; last year there were 169.