letter to editor

The Lake Gazette

304 S. Main St.

Monroe City, MO 63456

Dear Editor,

I am the General Manager of the Clarence Cannon Wholesale Water Commission.  We operate a 10 million gallon per day (MGD) water plant that averages sales of approximately 4 MGD on Mark Twain Lake.  There is excess capacity that would allow to provide water to Monroe City.   The ongoing concerns of the citizens of Monroe City about their water system has people stopping me and asking me why the City did not decide to buy their water from the Commission instead of upgrading the water treatment plant and hiring a contractor to provide water operator services.  We were never consulted on this issue.

The Commission is a public body made up of 9 Public Water Supply Districts and 14 Cities in our area.  Our water goes into parts of 14 counties in northeast Missouri.  The Commission is prohibited from selling to the retail customer.  We sell water wholesale to our Member Systems, and they set their rates to cover their costs for maintaining their distribution systems which includes maintaining their towers, tanks, pump stations, and watermains, provide billing, and use the excess to provide for other services the city or district provides.  Again, the Commission DOES NOT set water rates charged to the end user.  Last year the average cost of wholesale water to Member Systems was less than $4.00 per thousand gallons (KGAL).

Our contract with Member Systems stipulate we will provide wholesome disinfected water to Member’s point-of-connection.  We guarantee it!  Ask your neighbors that drink our water what they think of the taste of it.  The Commission is responsible for providing the contracted amount of water daily where water is flow controlled, that is, the rate of water is set at the gallons-per-minute maximum so the entitled water will be received over a 24-hour period.

In March 2014, an Engineering Report on the feasibility and cost for the City to connect to the Commission was completed.  The Commission paid for this study.  At the time of the study, the average daily production for the City was 234,139 gallons per day (GPD), which equates to 163 GPM.  After receiving the report, I made a presentation to the City Council in 2014 at a normally scheduled meeting on the options for the City to connect.  The total cost in 2014 dollars for the project was $1,685,800 to guarantee 250 GPM or 360,000 gallons per day.  The City opted not to connect to the Commission at that time.  Since 2014 there has been no contact between the City and Commission to revisit the issue.  If the project were to be completed, the City’s water plant would not be used any longer, as the entire demand of the City would be met by the Commission.  Monroe City would still be responsible for maintain its distribution system and bill their customers for water received.  I hope this answers the questions of your readers.

Sincerely,

Mark McNally

General Manager

Captain, USN retired

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