Goal: To determine the best combination of strategies for ensuring a sustainable and cost effective water supply. This new Water Resource Plan will be developed in 2016 to act as a guide to prudent development of a reliable, cost-effective water supply for the next 30 years and beyond.
Through the long-term planning process, we can:
The Water Resource Plan will evaluate water reclamation, reuse, efficiency and conservation, shown in this graphic, in addition to water supply and treatment capacity expansion.
What criteria should be considered when evaluating alternatives?
• Is the existing water supply adequate for present and future demands?
• Do we have adequate infrastructure to treat and deliver water for future demand?
• What are the alternatives for increasing raw water supply including expanding the existing well field, using alternative groundwater sources and surface water supply?
WATER RECYCLING AND REUSE
• Could rainwater be captured and used to water lawns or gardens?
• Could water from sinks, showers, dishwashers and washing machines be used to water lawns or gardens?
• Could wastewater be used to water agricultural areas and golf courses?
• Could industries recycle water and use it for cooling water or other industrial processes that don’t require water treated to drinking water quality standards?
WATER EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION
• Could customers limit lawn watering to certain times of day or days of the week to reduce the demand on the system?
• Could customers conserve more water and use water more efficiently?
• Could customers invest in the water system to reduce main breaks and water loss due to leaks in the system?
Columbia Water & Light will be hosting a public meeting and looking for input later in 2016. You can also send us your questions/comments (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us at 573-874-7325.
You can provide input into the Water Resource Plan and learn more by:
Columbia is a vibrant growing community that prides itself on maintaining a safe, reliable and efficient water system. Our customers have benefited from clean, reliable drinking water for the past 100 years and customers have continually invested in the system since that time.
Your input is important so it is aligned with the community’s vision. Currently, the City’s main source of water is groundwater from an aquifer near the Missouri River. We rely on the City’s water system to treat and transport water to 48,000 customers (a population of over 115,000 people) residing and working in our 89 square mile service area. Columbia will continue to grow and will someday need to expand its water supply.