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Community Notes: Water superintendent provides an update on related issues

By Cory Spieker, Superintendent, Charles City Water Department

Consumer Confidence Report

The Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is a yearly report that shows important information regarding the water quality in our water system. This yearly report compiles relevant information for residents, showing all yearly testing done on the water supply, along with all results.

The report contains information on the source water, level of contaminants, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, and any violations that the system had throughout the previous year.

Copies are available at City Hall and the Public Library. Past and present reports are available to all residents on the City’s website at: https://www.cityofcharlescity.org/Archive.aspx?AMID=36.

Call Before You Dig

With the warmer weather, more and more people get outside to do some projects. I would like to take this opportunity to remind homeowners to make sure you call 811 or visit iowaonecall.com to file a locate request at least 48 hours prior to any digging.

By filing your locate request with Iowa One Call, all utilities are notified and a representative will be sent out to mark any underground utilities in the area of the dig.

Please keep in mind that there is an 18-inch tolerance on either side of the markings and that the locate request is only valid for 20 calendar days from the time of the call.

If your project is not complete within 20 days, you will need to call in another locate request.

Corporate Drive Tower Painting Project

The Corporate Drive water tower was built in 2004 and, when full, holds 1 million gallons of water. The paint is beginning to fade and there are some noticeable areas of rust breaking through the paint.

During the last inspection, adhesion tests were done to ensure that the current coating was able to hold an overcoat. Results indicated the tower was a good candidate for this process.

An overcoat is just what it sounds like, a coat of paint over the exterior of the entire water tower. This protective barrier will prolong the life of the tank by preventing corrosion.

The typical recoat frequency for water towers is 15 years.

When the tower is no longer able to hold an overcoat, the tower will have to be sandblasted down to bare metal and repainted, starting the process all over again. We will be starting the overcoat project on or after Sept. 1.

While the water tower is out of service, we will be doing some touch up on the dry interior of the tower and updating some safety equipment as well.

The City Council has also chosen to take this opportunity to increase the size of the lettering on the side of the water tower and add the city’s new logo. Look for the project to wrap up by the end of October.

If you ever have any questions about your water supply, please feel free to contact me by phone at the water treatment plant at 641-257-6315 or via email at cory@cityofcharlescity.org. Enjoy the rest of your summer and stay safe.

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