Western Missouri District

Project Overview

This western Missouri district is a not-for-profit corporation formed by the respective City in 1983 with Alliance’s guidance. Its management is vested in a board of directors, which includes the city administrator and four citizen members. Alliance provides complete contract management services, including operations and maintenance of the water treatment plant, maintenance and repair of the water distribution system, billing, management and administration for 4,600 customer connections serving approximately 9,300 people.

In 1999, the water company constructed and placed into service a new 2.4 MGD water supply to treat a high-quality raw water source from an underground quarry. The new plant is a single pass pulsator flocculator/clarifier with dual media gravity filtration.

Alliance Water Resources has furnished the entire management, administrative, operations and maintenance staff for the water utility since its inception in 1983.

Challenges
Achievements
System Description
Services Performed
Challenges
  • The City had little or no control over its own water system, which was owned by a large electric utility; city officials did not wish to incur the long-term debt necessary to acquire the water system from the private electric utility
  • The system’s raw water source on a local river was poor quality; raw water quality was highly variable, ranging from high turbidity to high algae concentrations with periods of extreme organic content and odor-causing compounds
  • The surface water treatment plant consisted of an aging, single-stage system with limited capabilities for handling occasional water taste and odor problems stemming from the raw water source
Achievements
  • Calling upon its expertise with financing and funding structures for water and wastewater systems, Alliance assisted the City with the formation of a city-owned, not-for-profit corporation to acquire and operate the water system on behalf of the citizens
  • Alliance then conducted negotiations on behalf of the Ccity to acquire the system, essentially forming a complete utility, recruiting and training staff, acquiring all necessary equipment and setting up an automated business office with computerized billing, collection, administration and management services
  • To address existing water quality problems, Alliance tested and selected an alternative chemical treatment regime and improved operation
  • In 1999, with guidance from Alliance, the water company completed construction of an innovative new water supply which draws on a high-quality underground quarry raw water source, and uses a new single stage water treatment plant
  • Alliance provided management and planning for the financing, design and construction of the new supply facilities, resulting in a capital savings of over $1.5 million; the new supply provides increased capacity and a high quality finished water supply for the citizens
System Description
  • 2.4-MGD water treatment plant
  • 2 elevated storage tanks totaling 1.0 MGD
  • Distribution system
Services Performed
  • Water Treatment
  • Distribution System
  • Water Meter Reading
  • Utility Billing and Collections
  • Management and Administration