Many leaders in several Iowa communities are concerned about the drought's effect on the water supply, but Marshalltown can rest easy.
Marshalltown's supply is not affected by surface water and river levels as its water is pumped from a series of 10 wells.
"The drought so far is having no impact on our water supply," said Steve Sincox, general manager of Marshalltown Water Works, who presented to the Marshall County Pachyderm Club Friday. "We have seen no change in our water levels. We are fortunate that we are not influenced by the surface."
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Steve Sincox, general manager of Marshalltown Water Works, presented to the Marshall County Pachyderm Club Friday at Cecil’s Cafe.
Marshalltown's well system is a source of pride for Water Works, with one of the wells being the largest producing conventional well in the state. The wells tap into aquifers 150 to 300 feet deep.
"We are just blessed with our well fields," Sincox said.
Marshalltown's water rates for its customers are among the lowest 25 percent in the state among towns with populations of 10,000 or more.
"We strive to keep them that way," Sincox said.
Not only does Marshalltown have plenty of water for the city it also sells 1.4 million gallons a day to Central Iowa Water which provides water to other area communities such as Le Grand and Grundy Center, Sincox said.
The next Pachyderm Club meeting will be at noon March 1 at Cecil's Cafe with Rep. Dean Fisher, R-Garwin, the scheduled speaker.