Emergency water contracts now in effect for several Eastern Nebraska communities.
Should the need arise, agreements between Plattsmouth, Cass County Rural Water District One (CCRWD1) and Beaver Lake Association (BLA) are in place to provide Plattsmouth with potable water. Some system improvements are necessary at both CCRWD1 and Beaver Lake for optimal operation of a backfeed to the city. The Cassgram reports the City of Plattsmouth will bear the expense of those improvements.
According to the contracts, Plattsmouth will pay up to $50,000 for the CCRWD1 improvements. Should the water start flowing from CCRWD1, the city will pay $1.84 per thousand gallons, the same rate CCRWD1 pays for its purchase of water from the city.
Plattsmouth will be reimbursing BLA a total of $25,850. If Beaver Lake water is used, the rate will be $3.41 per thousand gallons, the same price Beaver Lake property owners pay.
City officials said Plattsmouth continues to deliver safe, treated water to its customers, but the flooding situation at the city’s water treatment plant creates a concern that a redundant system makes sense. Plattsmouth City Administrator Erv Portis thanked both BLA and CCRWD1 for their willingness to help the City of Plattsmouth should there be a failure in its water system.
There were talks with S.I.D. #5 (Buccaneer Bay) about a similar contract but no agreement was reached and Portis said there are no negotiations underway.
It’s believed that should the emergency water feeds be necessary, CCRWD#1 and Beaver Lake can provide an adequate potable water supply to Plattsmouth, he said.