Glenn said economic development groups and the cities and towns that they serve now know they will have access to a larger, reliable water supply well into the future.
“And I think that’s really important,” Glenn said.
Glenn said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have made economic development one of their top priorities.
Reynolds, who followed Glenn at the dedication ceremony, said the additional water supply is important to the area and will help spur economic development efforts.
“And the efforts that you have put into place with this facility really poises this area to encourage and create new economic development to this area,” Reynolds said. “This is great for this area of the state and for the areas and the communities that you serve.”
Reynolds introduced Gov. Branstad, who called the dedication a special occasion.
“As you can see, good things are happening here in the state of Iowa,” Gov. Branstad said. “It’s great to be here and to celebrate the success of Rathbun Regional Water Association. This new expansion is very impressive and will be helpful to helping grow careers in the economy here in southeast Iowa with the additional access to a safe and reliable water supply for homes and businesses.”
Gov. Branstad said Rathbun Regional Water Association expansion is an opportunity for economic growth.
“So, we are very proud of what you’re doing,” Gov. Branstad said. “And we’re very excited about the capacity you now have to help grow this part of the state.”
Gov. Branstad congratulated RRWA for its long service to the state. RRWA was started in the 1960s by a bunch of farmers, he said.
“So you all can be very proud of the history and the progress that you’ve made and we’re proud to be with you to celebrate this new expansion. Congratulations, keep up the good work.”
Funding for RRWA’s improvements that started in late 2006 came in part from United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, the State Revolving Fund and RRWA reserve funds.
RRWA is the largest rural water system in Iowa providing drinking water to 80,000 people in 50 communities in 18 southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri counties.