Water Facts for Clarke County
 

Did you know..?

  • Currently the Osceola Water Works treats raw water and supplies the treated water to the City of Osceola as well as the surrounding rural area through the sale of water to the Southern Iowa Rural Water Association (SIRWA).  SIRWA purchases the water at a wholesale rate and distributes it to small community and rural customers within the surrounding area.
  • West Lake is the current raw water source for the Osceola Water Works.  West Lake is a 306 acre reservoir owned by the City of Osceola.  West Lake is located approximately one-half mile west of Interstate 35 just south of Clay Street/County Road H-33. 
  • West Lake’s current sustainable water yield is about 900,000 gallons/day, or 0.9 million gallons/day (mgd).  The Osceola Water Works average raw water demand was about 1.2 mgd in 2012.  Therefore, the system is already operating at a deficit. 
  • The planned reservoir in the Squaw Creek watershed near the Truro blacktop will produce 2.2 mgd of water, or almost 2.5 times the sustainable water yield of West Lake.  This will allow Osceola and Clarke County sufficient water for future growth and economic development.
 
  Water Facts for Southern Iowa Rural Water Association
 

Did you know..?

  • During the five year period of 2008 through 2012, SIRWA’s water usage increased about five percent per year.
  • During the same period, water use per customer grew about 4.4% per year.
  • SIRWA added an average of 58 new houses per year to their system during the period of 2008-2012. 
  • About five new animal confinement systems were added to SIRWA’s system each year 2008-2012. 
 
  Water Facts for World
 

Did you know..?

  • According to the National Geographic Society, during the 20th century, water use increased at double the rate of population growth; while the global population tripled, water use per capita increased by six times.
  • According to the United Nations, worldwide fresh water use is about eight percent household, 22 percent industry, and 70 percent irrigation and other agricultural uses. 
  • The Nature Conservancy says that it takes about 1800 gallons of water to grow the cotton for one pair of jeans.  The cotton for one t-shirt requires about 400 gallons of water.
  • About 11 per cent of the global population—783 million people—remains without access to an improved source of drinking water.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
  Clarke County Reservoir Commission   P. O. Box 343 Creston, IA 50801   PH: 641-782-4033   email: sircddev1@iowatelecom.net  

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