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By Mike Scott
The City of Kahoka’s water system is losing its largest customer, less than two weeks before a special February 7 election to allow the City of Kahoka to borrow up to $8,000,000 dollars to build a new water filtration/treatment system and a new water transmission running from its wells in Wayland back to Kahoka.
On Friday afternoon, January 27, the Consolidated Public Water Supply District #1 of Clark County signed a contract to supply water to the City of Wayland. Wayland City Clerk Kathy Alvis confirmed the contract was signed.
According to a text message from CPWSD#1 District Manager Dan Dover, “The City of Wayland was very concerned about their rates going up if the bond issue Kahoka is trying to pass does indeed go through.”
“Negotiations were very quick,” continued Dover. “We presented a municipal-wholesale rate to Wayland, and they were very excited to begin getting better quality water at a cheaper rate.”
The new contract goes into effect March 1st, 2023. Wayland uses approximately 37,000 gallons of water per day, according to Dover. Wayland’s wholesale rate will be $1.89 per 1000 gallons, because the water will not be going through any storage tanks.
“We would love to help Kahoka avoid going into debt. If water was purchased from us through the existing connection, they could do away with treatment plant and the old transit main that runs to town from Wayland and not have to borrow any money all for $2.00 per thousand,” Dover said.
“$2.00 per thousand is our beginning municipal-wholesale rate. It is based off of production cost and delivery cost. Marion County, who we help supply west Quincy through, has a rate of $3.00 per thousand because water is pumped through more booster stations and storage tanks. Kahoka would begin at $2.00 per thousand because the water is pumped to our elevated tank then to Kahoka,” explained Dover
At this time, it is not clear if that $2.00 per 1000 gallon rate, or any rate, has been formally presented to the City of Kahoka. At the public meeting on the bond issue on Wednesday, January 25, council members and Klingner and Associates engineer Mark Bross repeated stated that the CPWSD#1 had not provided a hard figure for the Kahoka City Council to consider.
A video of that meeting is available on the NEMOnews.net Facebook page.
This is a breaking story, which may be updated as new information is released. Look for expanded coverage in next week’s edition of The Media.