Iowa Lakes Regional Water Awarded $9.3 Million Grant
It’s always big news when millions of dollars are awarded to a rural area, but especially big news when that rural area is in your own backyard.
On Friday, Aug. 29, city, county, state, and national officials convened at Iowa Lakes Community College for the presentation of the $9,319,234 check to Iowa Lakes Regional Water from USDA Rural Development.
The loan and grant funds will be used to assist Iowa Lakes Regional Water with establishing the Osgood Water Treatment Plant. The plant will be located near Osgood, an unincorporated community located between Emmetsburg and Graettinger, and will provide drinking water to residents of Palo Alto and Emmet Counties in northwest Iowa, and Jackson and Martin Counties in southwest Minnesota.
“We’re able to fund not only a water system project in Emmet County and wastewater sewer projects in Dolliver, Truesdale, and Dickens, but a wastewater treatment plant near Osgood,” said Randy VanDyke, CEO of Iowa Lakes Regional Water, recipient of the funding. “This announcement is in conjunction with Iowa Lake Regional Water and the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors. There’s also been an on-going partnership with the City and Emmetsburg Municipal Utilities.”
VanDyke stated that the treatment plant is a result of collaboration among the city, county, state, and national governing bodies. Officials in attendance included U.S. Congressman Tom Latham, State Senator Jack Kibbie, State Representative Marcie Frevert, Palo Alto County Supervisor Jerry Hofstad, and Emmetsburg Mayor John Schad.
“This is going to be a wonderful thing,” John Schad noted. “It’s going to replace hundreds and hundreds of individual wells on farms all around the area and provide good, clean, stable water for a lot of people.”
Marcie Frevert shared that, years ago, her family would often ride horses to the store located in Osgood.
“I’m really glad to see that Osgood is getting a water treatment plant. There’s lots of families who will make use of it,” Frevert stated.
“It is through water projects such as these with Iowa Lakes Regional Water in northwest Iowa that we can ensure as many rural Iowans as possible have access to potable water,” concluded Mark Reisinger, Rural Development State Director.