Linn Valley lands $17.5M finance package for water system

Updated: Oct 14, 2021

LINN VALLEY – The mayor of Linn Valley announced last week that the city would receive funding for a $17.5 million water project designed to install water meters at every property in the lake development.

Mayor Cindy Smith said the city received notification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it would receive nearly $7.3 million in grant funds and $10.2 million in a low-interest loan. The interest rate on the loan is expected to be 1.75 percent.

The project includes laying water pipeline from the treatment plant in La Cygne, which will be the water source, to the lake.

Once installed, the metered system will replace a hodgepodge of current delivery systems, Smith said. She said half of the community is currently being served by the a water system operated by the Linn Valley Property Owners Association (POA), which pumps water from the big lake through a 20-year-old treatment plant.

Some residences have meters on that system, while other haul water. About 130 residences on the north side of the lake are hooked up to Linn County Rural Water District No. 1 meters.

“Our intent is to bring all of it under one provider,” she said. She said there was concern that the POA’s treatment plant would need a costly upgrade soon, however, the new system would ensure a quality supply without the city having to maintain its own plant.

“We’re going to have safe drinking water for a very long time,” Smith added.

While the city tried to work with Rural Water District No. 1, ultimately the two entities were at cross purposes, she said. “We’re not a rural community anymore.”

While a 2-inch-diameter water main might work well for a rural water district, the city needs a larger capacity line. The project, which will take three to five years to complete, will also include a water tower, she explained.

The project has been in the works for the city since November 2017. The notification from USDA last week allowed the city to notify engineering firm BG Consultants to begin designing the system.

An additional benefit of the new system: installation of at least 255 pressurized fire hydrants around the city where there are none now. “There are zero working fire hydrants today,” Smith said.

She said that, as a homeowner with a residence fairly close on both sides of her home, she was worried that there would not be adequate water to fight a fire if any of the houses went up in flame. The fire hydrants will make fighting fires more efficient.

Smith said there were many questions to be resolved before the project began, and the city is planning on an open house from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Nov. 6 at the POA clubhouse to give residents more information and give them the opportunity to ask questions.

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