Water system tests are being conducted following the flooding this past spring. Officials say there’s some encouraging news on getting the City of Plattsmouth’s utility systems back to normal.
The Cassgram reports that it appears Plattsmouth has a dependable backup for potable water in the event of an emergency. Plattsmouth Public Works Director Gary Hellwig said the test of a back feed from both the Cass County Rural Water District #1 and Beaver Lake Association water systems on Tuesday was successful.
There had been some small tests done individually between the city and CCRWD#1 and BLA, but Tuesday was the first time the full system was engaged.
“We have some tweaking to do on the some of the controls but we were all pleased,” said Hellwig. “We ran it for a short time and we got up to 600 gallons per minute. I think we could go even higher.”
Plattsmouth entered into agreements with the two water sources last August due to concerns the Plattsmouth water supply could be threatened by Missouri River flood waters.
While there is no flooding now, some concern still remains because the city continues to be served by only one main from the water treatment plant to the city’s water towers. But that may be remedied in the next few weeks.
Two lines are supposed to be in service but one main broke early in 2011. The city put everything in motion to get the main replaced last spring but high groundwater tables prevented the work from being completed.
The one line served the city through the flooding of 2011.
After the floodwaters receded the groundwater still remained at a high level and prevented the work from happening in the fall but the levels are going down now and Hellwig is hoping the broken main can be replaced soon.