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RRWA provides quality water to nearly 16,000 rural families, farms and communities.  In addition to the water treatment plant and the headquarter facility on the south bank of the Chariton River the system includes a service center north of Centerville, a maintenance building in both Salem and Douds, 30 elevated storage tanks, 33 pumping stations and nearly 6,500 miles of pipeline.  The service area includes all or parts of Appanoose, Clarke, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Lee, Louisa, Marion, Monroe, VanBuren, Mahaska, Wapello, Warren, Washington and Wayne counties in Iowa and also rural water districts in Putnam, Mercer and Schuyler counties in Missouri.


The RRWA treatment plant can process as much as 8.8 million gallons of water per day.  Average production at the plant during 2001 was 4.37 million gallons per day.  We have experienced peak usages in excess of 6 million gallons per day.  It should be noted the annual usage of the RRWA water system is equal to 4 inches of Rathbun Lake water surface.  Water quality, including alkalinity, hardness, turbidity, color and levels of magnesium and calcium is monitored at regular intervals as water leaves the treatment plant.  Bacterial analysis is made in accordance with state and federal safe-drinking standards.


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