Xenia connection for the city of Bagley
April 18, 2019
On March 18, 2019, a member of Xenia’s management team and our General Manager attended a City Council meeting at the City of Bagley. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Bagley’s water quality problem and possible solutions to the problem. Bagley recently found that their water has a high concentration of manganese and they have been directed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to alert their water customers to not drink the water. After the DNR described how recent research showed a health concern with high levels of manganese, two alternatives to resolve the problem were discussed.
One alternative was to design and construct new water treatment process to remove the manganese and the other alternative was to connect to Xenia Rural Water District for water service. Previous computer modeling of Xenia’s water distribution system showed there was adequate capacity to meet the City of Bagley’s water demand. Council members and citizens at the meeting asked several questions about the two alternatives and after much discussion, the Council voted to proceed with the connection to Xenia. Connecting to Xenia was determined to be the more cost-effective alternative and it could be constructed in the shortest timeframe as well. In addition, the city would not have to find a new water treatment operator to replace the current operator who will be retiring soon.
This is a win-win for the city and for Xenia. The city will be able to resolve their water quality problem less expensively and sooner than constructing a new water treatment process and Xenia will gain a new water customer that will provide additional revenue and allow the utility to spread its fixed costs (meter reading, billing, customer service, etc.) over more customers. This will, in turn, assist Xenia in its goal to maintain stable water rates.