Southwest Cass County Rural Water Meeting


September 20th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Southern Iowa Rural Water Association (SIRWA) officials have planned a meeting at the Lewis Community Center on Thursday September 22nd beginning at 6:30 P.M. regarding the Southwest Cass County Rural Water Project.  SIRWA will be conducting the meeting to inform the rural residents of SW Cass County on the status of the project.  SIRWA officials spoke to the Cass County Board of Supervisors last March to get permission to utilize the area for a project to provide rural water to approximately 350 residents of SW Cass County.  Areas included in the proposed project are Pleasant, Noble, Cass, Bear Grove, Washington, Grove, Franklin, Lincoln, Union and Massena Townships.

The money for this project includes $1.8 million in loans, $5.4 million is grants and $108,000 of SIRWA’s money. Grant money is associated with the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Total estimated project cost is $7.2 million dollars.

Anyone living in SW Cass County with an interest in connection to rural water is encouraged to attend the meeting. Back in May SIRWA began canvassing the area to determine interest in the project. To date only 20% of eligible customers have indicated an interest in connecting to the new service. In order to qualify for the ARRA funding 70% of potential customers need to consent to hooking up. Without the ARRA funding SIRWA will be unable to continue with the project and there is no contingency plan to provide rural water to the area in the future. SIRWA will determine if they will proceed with the project by Mid-October 2011. 

If anyone is unable to attend meeting, but would like more information concerning the project, please contact Max Crawford at 641-782-5744.