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IOWA LAKES REGIONAL WATER'S ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

An elected board of directors governs the water District.  The District is managed by a general manger who directs the activities of all other personnel by the policies adopted by the Board of Directors.

An annual meeting is held each
year for the election of directors, annual report and presentation of the budget.

 

 

 

History of ILRW

From the time Clay County was settled, residents of the area generally had problems locating a source of dependable, high quality water. As livestock and human populations increased along with the implementation of modern farming methods, the water problems reached a level of concern among the rural residents. Hauling water became a way of life for some who were unfortunate enough to have poor quality wells. In many instances, the well water was so contaminated with nitrates, bacteria, and other substances that were dangerous to human and livestock health. In an effort to remedy the water situation, residents began to organize for the development of a safe, dependable water supply system that would be available to everyone in the rural areas and the small communities in the county.

A preliminary steering committee was formed in March 1976 with the intention of holding public informational meetings concerning the merits of having a rural water system in the area. With assistance and information from the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) and the County Extension Service, the committee began soliciting preliminary water use information and a $25 good intention fee from any interested party.

As a result of the interest expressed by people, the steering committee became formally incorporated as the Clay County Rural Water District and a Board of Directors was chosen. The Board then selected Cornwall, Avery, Bjornstad, and Scott, a law firm, and the engineering firm of DeWild Grant Reckert and Associates Company (DGR) to prepare a preliminary feasibility study.

After the study was presented to the Board of Directors and gained approval in October 1977, it was forwarded to FmHA with a request for funding the construction of the district. A final signup campaign began in November 1977, soliciting an additional $385 from each member. Three months later, FmHA approved a $6.9 million loan to build the Clay District. 

Following the final signup campaign, DGR conducted a water exploration program, concluded the design of the system and prepared final plans and specifications.   After the plans and specifications were completed and approved by the Board of Directors and various governmental agencies, December 6, 1979, was set as the date for the project bid opening.  Construction then commenced in April 1980 and the district's first phase became operational eleven months later.  Of the total project cost of $9.5 million, FmHA, supplied a $1 million grant and increased its loan to $8.2 million.   Subscribers paid $310,000 in membership and connection fees. 


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