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Siouxland water plant being renovated to improve water quality

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Dakota City, Neb. is spending over $2 million to renovate its water plant. Dakota City, Neb. is spending over $2 million to renovate its water plant.
One Siouxland community has spent the past two and a half years and more than $2 million to improve its water.

In Dakota City, Neb., people are used to high quality water.

"The majority of residents don't even have softeners at their house because we do provide such a nice, soft quality of water," said city manager Brent Clark.

But the discoloration of the water flowing from city's treatment plant has prompted a change.

"The plant is 35-plus years old," said Clark. "It was time for a complete overhaul, a complete study as far as what components do we need to replace."

The main part they're replacing - the contact chamber, where lime and water come together to soften the city's water. And with it, new pumps, lines and control panels.

"It's really the need to continue to produce the great quality product and great quality water for the residents," said Clark.

In the meantime, a temporary system is being used to treat the water.

During the four to six weeks of work at the plant, the only change will be an increase in water hardness. But as the dog days of summer roll on, Clark says the water is still plenty safe to drink.

"It's still very healthy to consume," said Clark. "There's nothing wrong with the quality of water. There's just going to be hard."

Which means there's no need to run to the store in search of a water filter. And in the meantime, the plant's 1,200 customers can look forward to even cleaner water in the near future.

"It's really making sure that we have a great quality product of water going to all the users as well as the businesses," said Clark.

Dakota City will also give water customers new meters that provide faster readings and can provide more information about their specific water use.
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