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Poweshiek Water wins award for “Best Tasting Iowa Rural Water”

March 20, 2017
Special to The News-Herald - From: Kathy Law - Iowa Rural Water Association , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Officials at the Iowa Rural Water Association have found the best-tasting water in Iowa. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the winner of a statewide competition was announced as Poweshiek Water Association's lime-softening plant located near Tama.The company's water sample was chosen by judges as the most appealing in an effort to identify the tastiest water in the state and, participants hope, in the nation. PWA also won in 2006.

Water utilities from around the state submitted samples of their water, straight from the tap.

The panel of judges included Gabe Lee and Julie Sievers both with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Kate Sand with UDSA. It is worth noting that 2nd place place was Cedar Falls Utilities and 3rd place was Rathbun Regional Water System.

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The Poweshiek Water Softening Plant located at U.S. Highway 63 and 350th Street south of Tama cited for producing Iowa’s best tasting rural water. News-Herald/John Speer

This competition is part of a Quality On Tap! campaign to emphasize the high quality, standards and, consequently, taste of water in rural America.

Poweshiek Water Association along with other state winners will compete in the "Great American Water Taste Test" national contest in Washington, D.C. in February, 2018.

PWA?Service Area

The counties served by PWA currently are: Tama, Poweshiek, Iowa, Keokuk, Mahaska, Jasper, Benton, Linn, Johnson, Marshall and Black Hawk. PWA supplies water to 7,300 individual meters.

There are 6,200 custoemrs and 20 communities serded by th Tama plant according to PWA?spokespersonMatt Tapan.

The communities served by PWA include Chelsea, Vining, Elberon, Clutier, Dysart, Buckingham, Dinsdale, Luzene, Thornburg, Searsboro, Malcom, Dinsdale, Irving, Watkins, Barnes City, Hickory Hollow, Millersburg, Brooklyn, Norway, Deep River, Conroy, Van Horne, Guernsey, Gibson and Holiday Lake.

Treatment Facilties

at Tama, Amana

Poweshiek Water Association has two treatment facilities. One is located miles south of Tama on Highway 63 and the other is located on 220th Trail by South Amana.

A lime softening facility, the Tama Plant utilizes 14 alluvial wells to supply up to 2,800,000 gallons of water per day to the system with a hardness of 5 to 7 grains.

There are currently 13 water towers throughout our system. Storage capacity at the Tama treatment plant is presently 900,000 gallons. The storage capacity at the Amana plant is 400,000 gallons.

Board of Director members for Poweshiek Water Association include Dan Anderson, treasurer, and Wayne Wilcox, both of rural Tama.

PWA?has 20 employees.

Storage Facilities

There are currently 13 water towers throughout our system. Storage capacity at the Tama treatment plant is presently 900,000 gallons. The storage capacity at the Amana plant is 400,000 gallons.

 
 

 

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