“We knew this project would take a significant amount of time when we began the additional studies and research back in 2012, and we are excited to have reached the end of the construction project and are pleased with the quality water we’ll be able to serve Spencer for years to come,” said Tony Hall, SMU water manager.
The project goals were to increase reliability, safety and capacity for the Spencer water system. Today, the facility has improved in all those areas, in addition to providing softer water than before the update. Project construction began in early 2014 and was completed this summer.
Financing for the $23-million project was done through a State Revolving Fund (SFF) as a low-interest 20-year loan, and traditional revenue bonds funded the balance.
The public is invited to an open house at the water plant:
1012 32nd Ave. West, Spencer, Iowa
Sunday, Aug. 27, 1 – 5 p.m.
Tours, refreshments, giveaways, and door prizes will be available. Those planning on a tour will need closed-toe shoes, and no high heels will be allowed on the tour.
SMU is a leading provider of cable, internet, and telephone service in the Spencer community and has provided water since 1886 and electric services since 1901.