Rodney Spires, a firefighter with the New London Fire Department, spoke with members of the Board of Directors for the Ralls County Public Water Supply District (PWSD) #1 to thank them for access to water and discuss ways both entities could work together for future training and communication during the board's regular meeting Tuesday, June 27.

Rodney Spires, a firefighter with the New London Fire Department, spoke with members of the Board of Directors for the Ralls County Public Water Supply District (PWSD) #1 to thank them for access to water and discuss ways both entities could work together for future training and communication during the board's regular meeting Tuesday, June 27.

Spires spoke with Alliance Water Resources Supervisor Tyler Stuhlman and Alliance Local Manager Lucas Drullinger about identifying hydrants that work best for fighting fires throughout the district and collaborative training between PWSD employees and area firefighters. Board members hoped to connect with other area fire protection districts to establish similar communication and training opportunities. The board members also approved the fiscal year 2016 audit report, presented by Steve Boggiano with Wade Stables.

Boggiano reported that total assets were up for 2016 over 2015, and total liabilities included funds for the district's forthcoming drinking water treatment plant. He found no weaknesses for financial internal controls and commended work done by members of the management team, including District Clerk Ronda Caley Barton.

In other business:

District officials sent out a letter to all customers regarding an above average level of Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs), which are among the Disinfectant Byproducts (DBPs) resulting when chlorine used for treatment encounters organic material in the water. The district was in compliance for the past two quarters, but the second quarter 2016 results were above approved levels. Drullinger said the results are likely due to water age, and district officials have adjusted tower water levels and will continue with flushing efforts to keep water from sitting too long.

Drullinger announced that the Juette water main extension work was complete, located across U.S. 61 from the Clear Creek subdivision.

District Engineer Mark Bross said Flynn Construction will soon begin purchasing equipment and materials for well work, and chemical feed levels and water testing will come soon afterward. So far, the drinking water treatment plant project is on schedule, and Bross planned to present an update to board members during the July meeting.

Board members reviewed a letter from Hannibal Board of Public Works (HBPW) General Manager Bob Stevenson providing a 90-day notice of a rate increase for meter and customer charges. The Oct. 1 rate increase would bring the per-meter charge for the district's four-inch meters from $70 to $75 per month, Drullinger said. According to the letter, rate changes for all HBPW retail water customers will begin Saturday, July 1.

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