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Posted on: September 7, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Water Wisdom #18

Tuesday's Water Wisdom

For Immediate Release:  09-07-2021

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Keri Navratil


The City of Storm Lake has millions of dollars invested in water and wastewater assets. These assets include the potable water pipes and sanitary sewer pipes in the ground, the treatment plants, water towers, lift stations, wells, and all the vehicles and supporting equipment that it takes to maintain the continuous operation of the water and wastewater systems. All these items have lifecycles from startup to eventual retirement or abandonment. While the expected service life varies between them, not one of these items listed will last forever. Therefore, plans must be made for the repair, replacement, or improvement of each one of these assets. This is an ongoing task and challenge as the costs of many of these items is quite high and the planning and execution of the replacement is very complex. 

In addition to determining which repairs and improvements to complete, is the determination of how to fund the repairs and improvements. Bonding, grants, loans, and operating budgets are some of the mechanisms used to finance utility infrastructure improvements. Each of these mechanisms comes with its own set of rules and requirements. The key steps to creating a good asset management plan are to create an inventory of the critical assets operated by the utility, evaluate the condition and performance of those assets, and develop plans to maintain, repair, and replace the assets within the funding abilities of the utility. All of this must be completed while maintaining services twenty-four hours a day and 365 days a year. 

In the coming years, Storm Lake residents will see the asset management plan manifested in the forms of street replacement projects with complete replacement of the underground utilities, water tower maintenance and replacement, new wells being installed, lift stations being repaired and replaced, treatment plant expansions and upgrades, as well as other investments in both water and wastewater. These improvements are not accomplished quickly, and they often require some temporary inconveniences. Please be patient as the effort progresses and enjoy the end result of a more dependable and efficient infrastructure system. For more information on infrastructure management please visit:

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More tips regarding voluntary water conservations measures and tips for reducing water consumption will follow each Tuesday.  Ensuring wise use of our water resources is in the best interest of the community.

Being Storm Lake Proud is not one day, one week, one month, or one event.  Being Storm Lake Proud is a magnificent lifestyle!  More information about the City of Storm Lake can be found on the city’s website at  


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