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MINLOX Announces Launch of ‘The Ultimate Chemical for Water’

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- MINLOX, LLC, a chemical manufacturer based in Newport Beach, California, with multiple blending facilities globally, today announced the launch of its proprietary formula used to treat recreation waters as well as watersheds.

This product proves to be a big game-changer for water service companies as it reduces their chemical footprint significantly. Similar to ozone but much more effective, this proven chemical is a multi-functional liquid that is simply applied in concentrate or dilution form to affected areas.

Historically, pool service and lake & pond service companies have relied on multiple, toxic chemicals to treat issues such as bacteria, algae and turbidity. In doing so, they have resorted to using as many as 5-10 chemicals to complete a job. This antiquated method is costly and provides risk with DBPs (disinfection by-products). The alternative method of using ozone to treat water is always a costly one and typically a last resort for many customers as well.

"To say that this technology is a disruptive, game-changer would be quite an understatement," said company president, Wes Glenn. "Case in point: we helped a commercial pool service company save over $10K per month on their chemical bill. They were using 5K+ gallons of chlorine monthly for one of their customers and switched to MINLOX chemical which got the job done with only 500 gallons needed per month. They were pleasantly surprised, to say the least."

This NSF/ANSI 60 approved chemical has an MSRP of $99 per gallon to the general public but is sold at distributor pricing to water service companies only. MINLOX does not sell direct to customers or retail outlets. Water service companies interested in distributing this product should contact the office for more information.

Applications and testing information: https://minlox.us/applications

About MINLOX, LLC:

Based in Newport Beach, California, MINLOX is a U.S. chemical manufacturer that has a proprietary catalyst which mixes with 12.5% sodium hypochlorite to create an earth-friendly, 100% biodegradable chemical for treating contaminated waters in many markets. This technology was developed in 2011 and has been used in several market around the world. This formula mimics nature by using ROS (reactive oxygen species) to disinfect, oxidize, sanitize, deodorize, remove biofilm and metals, etc.

The multi-functional benefit of MINLOX is that it replaces the need to use multiple, toxic chemicals. It works as a standalone product or can supplement chemicals such as ozone and chlorine more effectively.

MINLOX is open to distributorship in the California, Arizona and Nevada markets for 2021. They will pursue the North American markets in 2022 and the International markets in 2023.

More information: https://minlox.us/

Sales queries: +1-949-718-4426

MEDIA ONLY CONTACT:
Wes Glenn
of MINLOX, LLC
+1-949-718-4426
wes@minlox.us

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National Rural Water Association presents Idaho Rural Water Association with the 2020 State Association of the Year Award

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho Rural Water Association (IRWA) earns the 2020 State Association of the Year Award in the Awards of Excellence competition awarded by National Rural Water Association (NRWA). This is the second time IRWA has earned this award since its incorporation in Idaho in 1987.

The competition consists of seven categories including Outstanding Achievement in Training; On-Site Technical Assistance; Communications Publications and Public Relations; Legislative Initiatives; Member Services and the most prestigious award of State Association of the Year.

Every year a five-member committee is tasked at selecting the state rural water association winners in each of these categories.

"We are honored to receive this prestigious award from National Rural Water Association," says Shelley Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of IRWA. "We are grateful to our members and others that support our Association so we can deliver high quality service to Idaho's rural water utilities and provide statewide training to Idaho's hard working drinking water and wastewater professionals."

About Idaho Rural Water Association

Idaho Rural Water Association (IRWA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation providing training and technical assistance to drinking water and wastewater utility systems in Idaho with populations under 10,000. IRWA is currently comprised of over 365 direct member systems in Idaho. These members elect a seven-member Board of Directors that volunteer their time to govern the Association.

For more information, visit: https://www.idahoruralwater.com/

Media Contact:
Carrie Gilstrap
IRWA Membership & Marketing Coordinator
cgilstrap@idahoruralwater.com
208.343.7001

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EGW Announces the Acquisition of Buy Wholesale Company

CARROLLTON, Texas -- EGW Utilities, Inc. has acquired Buy Wholesale Company, LLC (BWC) of Montgomery, Texas. BWC was founded by Karl Knapp in 1985. He and his wife, Tracy, operated it until its acquisition on October 30, 2020. The procurement of BWC greatly increases EGW's waterworks and plumbing product offerings. This allows customers to benefit from a wider variety of items shipping from a single location to minimize freight expenses and maximize the flexibility of their inventory.

Throughout its existence, BWC has been an exceptional source of quality products with outstanding customer service. "The Knapps have built a company that we are very proud to make part of the EGW Water & Plumbing Group. BWC's reputation for quality products and customer service is something we're excited to carry forward and share with even more wholesale distributors across the nation in the near future," says Phil Wiegers, EGW's Founder and CEO.

EGW plans to relocate BWC's inventory, equipment, and other assets from their existing facility in Montgomery, Texas, to EGW's warehouse in Carrollton, Texas by the end of 2020. The Knapps will work with EGW for the next several months to aid in the transition, and BWC will continue to operate in its current location until the move is complete.

The changes brought forth through the acquisition will prove advantageous to the customers of both BWC and EGW. One thing that won't change is the exceptional service and quick turnaround that EGW Water & Plumbing customers have grown accustomed to over the years!

If you have any questions, please contact EGW at 972-446-1655 or through sales@egwsusa.com.

About EGW Water & Plumbing:

EGW Utilities, Inc., is a privately-held distributor of waterworks and plumbing products to wholesale supply houses across the United States through the company's Water & Plumbing Group. The company is headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, and was founded in 2001. For more information visit: https://www.egwwaterandplumbing.com/

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Turner Sanitation Finds New Success Spurred on by COVID Realities

LAKE ORION, Mich. -- Darin Gross of Turner Sanitation is an entrepreneur who has spent his career finding the right companies to invest in at the right time. But when he bought a sanitation company at the beginning of 2020, he had no idea how the COVID pandemic would put him on a fast track to re-tool a business he was just beginning to learn.

Turner Sanitation is a 50-year-old family-based company based in Lake Orion, Michigan, specializing in septic tank cleaning and porta potties, and was ready to turn over operations to an entrepreneur like Gross, who saw potential beyond what Turner had successfully built over its half-century of operations. But Gross had no idea that a global pandemic was going to immediately change the way he, and the company, did business.

"Coming out of the transportation industry, I literally knew nothing about the sanitation business other than what the Turner family told me and provided me for information," said Gross. "All of a sudden we had to totally re-forecast all of our sales and equipment projections. It's been a challenge." For Gross and Turner, that challenge has turned into a 30-40% increase in revenue.

While many companies during COVID have been forced to shut down and/or lay off employees, Turner was forced to hire more drivers to serve the increasing and immediate needs of homeowners requiring their septic systems pumped because of the amount of family members forced to quarantine at homes across the area. That need replaced the sudden drop in portable toilet rentals with concerts, golf tournaments and local events being canceled.

Once Turner was able to increase its sewer pumping capabilities, seemingly half of the area decided to jump in an RV and hit local and state parks.

"It's been amazing how many RVs suddenly hit the road and headed for campsites. We've suddenly become the go-to for those parks to meet the needs of campers expecting clean, updated and additional bathroom facilities," said Gross. "County parks and their extensive DEQ regulations for wastewater, never mind increased cleaning caused by COVID, has made us very busy in an area I couldn't have ever expected, even as late as March of this year."

As for the future, Turner continues to beef up its supply of portable washing stations for businesses, executive toilets and a focus on making sure cleanliness is the number one goal for their portable rentals. And while COVID has certainly given Gross a crash course in running a sanitation company, he also feels that the experience has made Turner more nimble and ready to tackle the future.

"We're really looking forward to next year, but honestly, I can't wait to flush 2020." Fortunately for Gross and Turner Sanitation, that 'flush' has brought dividends to the company never before seen in its history.

Learn More About Turner Sanitation at https://turnersanitationlo.com/

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Reonix Technologies Announces Budget Relief Program for Municipalities

DULUTH, Ga. -- Reonix Technologies LLC has announced a new program offering to municipality's water, wastewater and utilities sectors. With economic uncertainties and confusing social distancing protocols, budgets across the nation are being slashed and unemployment is trending upwards. The result is lower employee numbers and higher stress for those left to maintain day-to-day operations.

* Remote access and alarm notification to reduce employee hours on location
* No upfront costs, contracts or installation fees
* Receive alerts and view processes on a smartphone or web browser

This program would seek to offer relief from budget cuts that have reduced employee numbers with technologies to view operations on a smartphone app or web browser. This would enable employees to monitor multiple sites at once, and focus on plants or stations that need it most. Alarm notifications are sent via email, text or voice and daily reports can be emailed or downloaded online. This leasing program includes SCADADroid(R) R2+ or R2A+ hardware and services to enable alarm dialing, remote access and datalogging with no upfront capital or contract.

The stress involved with travel time, increased hours and a smaller workforce can be mitigated with insight into a plant or lift stations operations, directly on a smartphone app or web browser. Dependant on the existing systems, the availability for controls of plant operations are also possible.

"This system is a fantastic way to view multiple sites at a glance, or even respond to alarms and notifications," said Allan Erion, President.

This leasing program includes SCADADroid(R) R2+ or R2A+ (alarm dialer units) and SCADADroid(R) Dashboard (IoT platform), antenna, installation and support. Customers may use their own SIM/phone plan, or one from Reonix Technologies. The SCADADroid(R) R2+ and R2A+ include unlimited contacts, shift scheduling, hardwired inputs/outputs, Modbus TCP capability, Ethernet, and data reporting. The Dashboard platform offers a data historian, real-time data and a colour-coded status map. With this low cost leasing package, municipalities can save money and time. By saving 3 site visits a week, you can save up to 10x the cost of SCADADroid(R).

More information: https://reonix.com/municipal-leasing-program/

About Reonix Technologies:

Reonix Technologies established as a systems integrator in 2002, has since focused on manufacturing of edge computing and IoT (Internet of Things) products and services. Offering robust alarm dialers with data analytics, reporting and logging as well as remote access and monitoring. Reonix Technologies is constantly evolving SCADADroid(R) alarm dialer technology to include the most effective M2M protocols. With two locations in North America, Reonix Technologies provides personal service with a widespread reach. Learn more: https://reonix.com/

"Products are excellent, and what absolutely tops the products, the support. None better!" says Jeffrey G.

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Engineered Data, LLC Announces the World’s 1st Flocculant for Remediation of PFAS Chemicals from Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Engineered Data, LLC's Advanced Materials Group has begun micro-batch production of a Flocculant that remediates PFAS chemicals (as well as Toxic Heavy Metals + Phosphate [a main ingredient in Storm Water Pollution + Algae Tides]) from polluted water. Jar-testing samples are available to entities interested in applications testing advanced technologies that improve remediation performance.

The 3 conventional technologies for remediating PFAS chemicals from water are Activated Carbon, Ion Exchange Resins + High-Pressure Membranes. Today, a 4th technology is added to that list. Sourced from Military Research and scientifically classified as Nanoporous Iron Oxide ("NIO"), our Flocculant comes in 2 grades: NIO-G (premium) and NIO-C (standard).

Little published research on nanostructured sorbents like NIO exists. Hence researchers like the PFAS Specialists at The Interstate Technology Research Council (https://pfas-1.itrcweb.org/) tend to classify NIO as a Hybrid: part Nanofilter (NIO has nanometer-sized pores, but doesn't utilize membranes), part Flocculant (NIO removes colloids, not by single-function ionic aggregation, but by dual-function aBsorption + aDsorption).

Extraordinarily high surface area (one gram of NIO has enough surface area to cover 3.33 US football fields) and [2] concurrent micro + meso porous particle architecture (verified by independent lab: https://www.synthetic-metals.com/Isotherm2019.pdf) give NIO its accelerated remediation speed + increased capacity. For example, when tested against Phosphate in very high concentrations (+/-25mg/L: typical algae bloom phosphate concentrations hover below 5mg/L), NIO remediates more phosphate in 1 minute than National Science Foundation (NSF) Certified flocculants + sorbents can in 48 hours ... even when NSF flocculants + sorbents are given a 20X dosing handicap. Skeptical? Watch the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVFCLif0eqE).

Univ. of Arizona + Rice University Researchers confirmed the efficacy of iron oxide (Fe2O3) nanoparticles for remediation of PFAS in 2012 (https://www.synthetic-metals.com/UnivArizona_PFOA-PFOS.pdf). Based on aggregate surface area comparisons, NIO (also Fe2O3) is estimated to be 17.5X more powerful than the nanoparticle mixture used in 2012. NIO is also safer than nanoparticles, as nanoparticles, once introduced into water, either dissolve or become suspended and disburse, becoming logistically impossible to recover. NIO safely sinks to the bottom of settling tanks for easy removal in as little as 30 minutes. NIO is projected to perform best against PFAS chemicals in environments where PFAS concentrations are highest and the pH level of water being treated can be adjusted below +/- 6.0.

For more information, go to https://www.synthetic-metals.com.

ABOUT ENGINEERED DATA, LLC:

ENGINEERED DATA, LLC is a Washington, D.C. based Technology Firm that custom builds software solutions across a wide array of platforms that enable federal & commercial clients to reach their operational, financial + logistical goals. Profits from software development activities self-fund development of niche-dominating, best-in-class systems + inventions. ENGINEERED DATA LLC's Advanced Materials Group has patents awarded + pending in the field of Nanostructured Sorbents and is a pioneer in the field of Centrifugal Sintering.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tim Rolf
President: Engineered Data, LLC
(202) 716-9400
timrolf@engineereddata.com

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Washing Stations, Septic Services a Priority for Homes and Businesses Entering Michigan’s New Normal

LAKE ORION, Mich. -- As Michigan envisions a day soon when coming out of the COVID-19 crisis means seeking normal in a climate that is anything but, there will be a number of services and businesses in very high demand. But the crisis has thrust to the forefront some companies, like Turner Sanitation, whose role in our communities have been enhanced by the needs we'll have in Michigan's new normal.

"Sanitation is going to be a very big thing coming out of this. I think this state is going to be asking not only how are we going to stay clean but will allow us to come up with new protocols," said Turner Sanitation owner and entrepreneur Darin Gross, who purchased the family-owned company in January. "What we offer now is EPA environmentally-and solutions on a very high level."

Two of the demands coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic has already meant Turner Sanitation is trying to fast track new hand washing stations, because the entirety of Turner's inventory has been rented by Amazon in Shelby Township.

Another of Turner's offerings, septic services, are already seeing a large increase in home visits after months of families being home together during the state's stay-at-home order. The company has made numerous emergency service visits to fix potentially limit-pushing home septic tanks, which were not built for the amount of use they've seen.

The company's best-known offering, portable restrooms, is also expected to see increased demand because of Turner Sanitation's dedication to their cleanliness.

"I heard a lot of companies don't clean enough. That's certainly not our issue," said Gross. "I can definitely see, however, an increase in how many times per week we will be replenishing hand washing liquid and cleaning the facilities, probably two or three times more than we have in the past." As for reluctance by some to use portable facilities post-COVID-19, Gross says when it comes to locations Turner places its restrooms, people don't really have a choice such at places like outdoor events, festivals and recreational parks.

"We're a company with a great reputation and have employees who have been here for more than 20 years," said Gross. "I'm very proud to have the quality of people here at Turner and am confident we will continue to provide the high-quality services needed by our community."

Learn more: https://turnersanitationlo.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
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Turner Sanitation
dgross098@gmail.com
313-363-1075

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Tucson Startup Focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Water Management Project Helps Sustain a European Nation

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The University of Arizona Center for Innovation has announced that NOAH Malta, a subsidiary of NOAH Arizona LLC, a company based on technology invented at the University of Arizona and started at the University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI), has been awarded a groundbreaking contract by the European Union.

The contract entitled "DEVELOPMENT OF A PREDICTIVE WATER ABSTRACTION AND PRODUCTION MODELLING FRAMEWORK," engages NOAH Malta to study the feasibility of implementing NOAH's patented water management decision support system on the island nation of Malta. NOAH is working in partnership with Malta's Energy and Water Agency (EWA) and the Water Services Corporation (WSC), the water utility in Malta.

Malta, the most densely populated European nation, is an archipelago consisting of one main island and several smaller ones located in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Africa. It ranks among the most water scarce nations in the world. Today, with a booming economy and thriving as a popular tourist destination, Malta is experiencing a "perfect storm" that is becoming all too typical across the globe: too little natural freshwater for its growing demand, made worse by more frequent droughts from climate change.

NOAH's patented water management system combines real-time data streams with AI and optimization models. The system helps identify optimal water management strategies that minimize costs while maximizing water sustainability and quality. Working with the startup incubation team at the University of Arizona Center for Innovation has helped NOAH identify new markets and prove how AI can be used in a variety of ways to provide meaningful predictions and optimization solutions for the water problems that nations like Malta are facing. NOAH's system is highly flexible and can be used in combination with pre-existing models and methods developed by a utility to augment their management objectives.

The project will explore the possibility of optimizing the current potable water production infrastructure to produce the required volume of potable water and achieve the best water quality possible whilst minimizing costs.

Malta's project goal is to collaborate with NOAH to study the feasibility of integrating their real-time decision support system with WSC's existing models and methods. The partnership and its outcomes may ultimately serve as a paradigm applicable to other European countries facing similar water problems, as well as other water-stressed countries around the world.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for NOAH to further advance our system by collaborating with water experts in Malta. They are on the front-line of some of the world's most serious and difficult water problems," says Emery Coppola, NOAH LLC co-founder and president.

"Noah is one of those companies that we are extremely thrilled about supporting with our incubation program. Dr. Coppola and the other co-founders are working on leading-edge technology with immense growth potential for the company and significant positive impact - in this case on the well-being of an entire nation," expresses Eric Smith, Executive Director of University of Arizona Center for Innovation

Currently Malta obtains approximately sixty percent (60%) of its water supply from three (3) reverse osmosis (RO) plants. The remaining water demand is met through extraction of diminishing groundwater via 100 production wells. The groundwater is extracted from complex limestone aquifers characterized by karst features. These limestone eroded aquifers with preferential flow pathways are extremely difficult to model with conventional physics-based groundwater simulation models. Historical over-pumping of the limestone aquifers has caused significant saltwater intrusion from the surrounding ocean, degrading groundwater quality.

A major challenge will be to identify the optimal trade-off between RO and groundwater sources among multiple conflicting objectives given that the water quality from RO is superior to groundwater, whereas the production costs required to produce freshwater by RO are higher than groundwater. These objectives include water quality and cost, proper targeting of specific groundwater wells to pump and the most effective pumping rates to minimize salt-water intrusion. Individual supply wells also have variable operating costs and water quality conditions; they also are subject to different salt-water intrusion effects on the aquifer that can dynamically vary due to regional pumping and other conditions.

Accurate predictions are essential for achieving superior real-time water resources management decisions. In collaboration with the Agency and WSC, NOAH's will explore the feasibility of applying their system to supplement the utility's existing models and methods to help manage Malta's enormously complex and challenging water problems.

A nation with a storied history and culture, optimal water management is an imperative that will allow this Mediterranean jewel to flourish far into the future.

About the UA Center for Innovation

​The University of Arizona Center for Innovation is a startup incubator network with locations across the Southern Arizona region. The center's mission is to grow scalable startup ventures that fuel the Arizona economy. Since inception in 2003, the program has directly served over 120 companies and impacted thousands of entrepreneurs through providing access to people, programming and places that help entrepreneurs take their companies from idea to market.

The University of Arizona Center for Innovation is part of Tech Parks Arizona which brings together university, industry and community, creating "interactive ground" to advance technology commercialization.

Learn more at: https://techparks.arizona.edu/UACenterForInnovation

About NOAH LLC

NOAH LLC is a technology and water consulting company. Its patented system, which directly combines data streams with artificial intelligence, formal optimization and other modeling methodologies constitute the most advanced decision support system in the world for water resources management.

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North Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Joseph has been selected as a 2020 Miami Times ‘New Generation of Dreamers’

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The Miami Times has selected North Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Joseph, Esq. to join the Class of 2020's "Next Generation of Dreamers." Joseph is being recognized for his leadership in resolving a water billing controversy affecting nearly 200,000 customers throughout Northern Miami-Dade County served by the city's water utility.

The Miami Times featured an interview with Michael Joseph in the 2020 "Next Generation of Dreamers" Special Supplement inserted inside its February 26 issue. The interview describes Commissioner Joseph's upbringing as the "Leader from humble beginnings dreams big" and his efforts to resolve a water billing controversy as his first major action after being elected to the North Miami Beach city commission in November 2018.

The water billing controversy burdened fixed-income households served by the city's water utility with increased water bills and a new monthly pay schedule from the previous quarterly schedule. The water bills were often three or four times higher than before. Water customers were furious. The neighboring city of Miami Gardens sued the city citing unfair practices.

As The Miami Times reports, "He heard the pleas of seniors who couldn't afford their water bills and acted."

Commissioner Joseph explained to The Miami Times that "On Sept. 17, my proposal to restore quarterly billing by NMB Water was approved and adopted."

"This was exciting news and means water bills will effectively decrease throughout the year. The vote lifted a burden for nearly 200,000 customers in Miami Gardens, Aventura, Sunny Isles, and throughout North-Dade whose bills were three or four times that amount," concluded Commissioner Joseph.

Read the complete interview with Commissioner Michael Joseph in The Miami Times here: https://www.miamitimesonline.com/news/michael-joseph-fights-for-the-people-and-wins/article_53404fc6-5970-11ea-bad4-b75b06f83b65.html

Read Commissioner Joseph's article about the resolution to the water billing controversy here: https://www.michaeljosephnmb.com/post/we-did-it-nmb-water-returning-to-quarterly-billing-schedule

About The Miami Times Newspaper:

The Miami Times, the oldest and largest Black newspaper in the South, annually selects and highlights those in our community who display in their daily efforts, qualities that emulate the works of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other Black History makers. King used his early adulthood to organize ways to improve his community and has inspired millions to imitate or advance his mission.

These "New Generation of Dreamers" are people who use positions and platforms available to them to advance and improve the Black community. Their efforts sometimes fly under the radar of others, which illuminates the selflessness of the tasks they undertake.

Other 2020 Miami Times "Next Generation of Dreamers" include: Former Miami Heat Basketball Power Forward Udonis Haslem, Marketing Executive JaMarlin Martin, Psychiatrist Dr. Delvena Thomas, Filmmaker Elijah Wells, 6-year old oral hygiene advocate MaKynLee Elise, and Beauty Entrepreneur Melanie Fields. The Miami Times website is: https://www.MiamiTimesOnline.com

About Commissioner Michael Joseph, Esq.:

Commissioner Michael Joseph, Esq. is an attorney who champions civil rights and land use cases at the law firm of Galbut Walters and Associates. He is an inaugural member of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence program, a Thurgood Marshall law fellow and group seven commissioner of North Miami Beach, elected in 2018.

For more information or inquiries, visit his website at https://www.MichaelJosephNMB.com

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Osceola City Council Green Lights Contractor Bidding On New Wastewater Plant

OSCEOLA, Iowa -- The Osceola City Council has approved a schedule for taking bids on construction of the updated wastewater treatment facility. A recent pre-bid meeting brought in a handful of interest, but with design and budgeting finalized, the City is now able to open the call for bids to contractors interested in undertaking the project.

As far back as 2010, new EPA regulations as well as the continued growth of Osceola itself made the need for modernizing and updating the wastewater treatment unavoidable. According to the EPA, the acceptable limits of certain water constituents were lowered, making the current water treatment plant incapable of meet the new regulations. After many years of research, studies, plans and financial estimates, the project is ready to move forward by beginning the contractor selection process.

The projected timeline for the new wastewater treatment plant's construction is scheduled roughly to take two years, then the repurposing of the current facility is slated to take another two years. All of this will be done before the project is finalized or costs are realized. At this time, total projected costs for the new plant is estimated to be just under $30 million dollars.

A large portion of that cost - roughly 47% - is being covered through a partnership with Osceola's major industrial contributors. The balance will be financed through the State Revolving Fund Loan via the Iowa Finance Authority. Utility payers will pay their proportionate share through minor updates, not expected to exceed the standard cost of living rate over the next several years.

While the updated treatment facility will meet EPA demands, increase treatment capabilities, as well as offer expansion to support future economic growth, several other benefits to the updates will be realized. Significantly, the city of Osceola was recently awarded a $2.4 million grant designated to fund projects which improve the quality of stormwater runoff. Their eligibility to even apply was granted through the planned wastewater treatment plant updates and the use of a State Revolving Fund Loan. Using this grant, green practices such as pervious pavers and intakes designed to separate debris from stormwater runoff will be incorporated in the downtown area, further improving water quality throughout the community.

In addition to better wastewater management, compliance and water runoff quality, the City of Osceola has recently taken on ownership of the local golf course wherein new wastewater treatment facility will allow for additional money-saving strategies.

"No pun intended, but we're 'teeing ourselves up' to be able to take advantage of the new graywater system so we can irrigate the municipal golf course," said Ty Wheeler, Osceola City Administrator. "While it's not part of the current plans for the treatment plant, we are expecting future strategies like this to save the city money and facilitate business and community growth."

Once completed, the updated treatment plant will not only increase flow capacity of the wastewater that's taken in, but will also see increased capacity in the treatment of the constituents found within that flow. Updates will ensure the city's compliance with DNR and EPA regulations for several decades to come.

"We have big plans for future growth of the City," said Wheeler. "These updates open us to increasing new businesses opportunities and more residents far into the future."

If you are interested in submitting a bid for this project, please read specifications, deadlines, and all other pertinent information on the Osceola, Iowa Web site at: https://osceolaia.net/revised-notice-to-bidders-construction-of-wastewater-treatment-facility-improvements/

For more information about the wastewater treatment plant project, contact Ty Wheeler, Osceola City Administrator, via email, by calling 641-342-2377, or by visiting the administration offices at 115 N. Fillmore St., Osceola, IA 50213.

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