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BV County to hold public hearing for Iowa Lakes rural water expansion

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing this morning at 9 a.m. for a recent Iowa Lakes Regional Water District expansion into BV County covering rural areas not served by Cherokee Rural Water, areas that are west of the Raccoon River and exempting areas around communities like Storm Lake who as a City takes responsibiliy for its own water service. Earlier this month the County received a petition which had been filed requesting annexation of a portion of BV County to Iowa Lakes Regional Water District.

The Water District earlier this year created a water main network throughout the rural areas to provide regional rural water service services to homes, farms and other entities in rural areas. "It provides an opportunity for the rural residents to have access to a public water supply," says Iowa Lakes Regional Water CEO Randy Van Dyke. Van Dyke said these residents are usually supplied by their own private wells or other private entities.

Van Dyke said the hookup program is voluntary for residents, however, he says is a good program for those who don't have the proper quanity of water, have poor water quality or have problems with their current system. Van Dyke said with the public water supply residents can rest assured the water is being tested regularly and meets state requirements.Van Dyke said they have good funding packages to help get rural residents hooked up.

Iowa Lakes Regional Water currently serves Buena Vista County, Clay County, Dickinson County and portions of Emmet, O'Brien and Palo Alto Counties in Iowa and portions of Jackson County in MN.

*The County is also expected to make a decision on BV County Compensation Board recommendations for Fiscal Year 2010 salaries. The County is also expected to receive a funding proposal from the Sioux Rapids Historical Society.

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