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Economic Development is . . . (increasing the flow) of capital through the community and reducing its leakage.

2011 EDIES Story 23 of 24: Groundbreaking Utilities Partnership Still Tastes Great in Lincoln

In 1991 it was not common for small towns to also have sewer service. But the Lincoln civic leaders all changed that when it was the first town to work with Central Iowa Water Association and the city of Gladbrook to make this a reality of its citizens. Now 20 years later these types of relationships have become increasingly common following in the footsteps of the City of Lincoln. In 2011 Central Iowa Water Association won the gold medal for the best tasting rural water in the US at the National Rural Water Association Rally in Washington DC.  Remind me – what are the EDIES.

HOW WE DID IT:
We worked with Central Iowa Water Association who contacted the city of Gladbrook.

HOW WE GOT THE IDEA:
Since most properties in Lincoln did not have an adequate area to properly operate individual septic systems with drain fields, CIWA came up with the idea to pump Lincoln’s sewage to Gladbrook through pipes.

OUR GREATEST CHALLENGE:
Obtaining a grant and finding an alternative to building a treatment system.

HOW WE OVERCAME IT:
We applied for and received a grant and having the Gladbrook council allow Lincoln’s sewage to be pumped to and treated at Gladbrook.

ADVICE TO OTHERS:
To apply for grants and to look at all the cost effective options available.

For more information about the city of Lincoln, go to their webpage.

Photo by Wayne Chamberlain [2011 Lincoln Mayor Roland Fink]

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