Water Supply System – Water Treatment
The City of Higginsville’s water supply system has been in continuous operation since 1894. The system is community owned and operated, and currently serves more than 2,000 customers in and around the city limits of Higginsville and contributes additionally to approximately 7,000 customers through wholesale sales to area public water supply systems and the small neighboring cities of Mayview, Corder, and Alma.
“Our mission is to provide our community with an adequate and reliable supply of potable water, exceeding governing drinking water standards, at the lowest reasonable cost.”
The potable water supply utility is governed by the City, Mayor Bill Kolas, and the Board of Aldermen and is under the direction of City Administrator Jeanette Dobson and Utility Director Mark Epperson.
This system consists of two basic component systems: water supply/treatment and water service distribution.
Ø Water Treatment
· City Lake
The city’s existing facilities for water supply and treatment include a 150-acre lake located two miles east of the City. This lake serves as the City’s source of raw water. The upstream surface watershed entering into the Lake provides a sufficient supply except for periods of extreme dry weather.
· Missouri River Intake Structure
The river intake structure is located on the south bank of the Missouri River approximately eight miles north of the City Lake. Used during periods of extreme dry weather, water is pumped through a pipeline to the lake to supplement the raw water supply.
· Water Treatment Plant
A new water production plant was built and placed into operation in October of 1987 with a designed treatment volume of 2.5 million gallons per day (mgd).
The plant provides treatment with flocculation, coagulation, settling, filtration, and disinfection. The treatment process includes the addition of chlorine dioxide that provides disinfection and the four plant filters have Granular Activated Carbon caps (GAC). Both the GAC and the chlorine dioxide help control taste and odor and removal of pesticides. The average day water production is approximately 0.9 mgd. The high service pumps at the plant consist of two 500 gpm 30 horsepower pumps, and one 1400 gpm 100 horsepower pump.