Cass County Sanitary Improvement District Number 5 owns and operates a public water supply system to serve the residents within the subdivision boundaries. The water system has been approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and is periodically tested and inspected to insure that it provides safe drinking water to the residents of SID 5 and to insure compliance with the latest health and safety standards. The system is also operated and maintained by a state licensed certified operator, as required by law.
The physical components of the water system consist of two 1,000-gallon-per-minute groundwater supply wells, several miles of underground distribution mains of various sizes, a booster pumping station, and storage reservoirs consisting of two 8,000-gallon pressure tanks and one 250,000-gallon elevated tank. Due to the differences in ground elevation throughout the subdivision, two separate pressure zones are maintained to insure adequate water pressure and flow to the residents.
Water obtained from the groundwater aquifer is safe and meets all EPA and State Standards. Modest levels of iron and manganese exist in the groundwater, which are common and typical of most Nebraska waters. Although these elements are safe and present no health risk, they can and occasionally do cause staining of laundry and plumbing fixtures. If these levels get too high, the SID. does have the ability to feed a polyphosphate and prevent them from causing problems. Also, the SID does not chlorinate or fluoridate the water since it is not required.
Consumption of water in the subdivision varies throughout the year depending on the time of year, temperature, rainfall patterns, etc. Typical winter water usage is between 50,000 to 60,000 gallons per day. Typical summer water use increases to 300,000 to 400,000 gallons per day and reflects lawn and garden watering, entryway irrigation, and higher residential consumption.
Beginning in July, 2003 water meters wre required and residents pary for the amount of water they use, plus a usage fee for water and sewer.
The SID contracts with Urban Utilities to manage the water and wastewater systems. They can be reached at Urban.Utilities@outlook.com, or by phone at 402-618+2138.