Community service district consolidation efforts fail; What is next?Kim Kraul,
For approximately 17 years Quincy Community Services District and East Quincy Services District have been meeting regularly, planning to join the two districts. The main goal and advantage of the consolidation effort was to better serve the customers of both districts.
It seemed self-evident that one district would be more efficient in the use of manpower, equipment and management costs as well as simplify the planning for the future of the American Valley.
This process was recently ended by the East Quincy Services District.
The primary focus of QCSD has been and continues to be to provide safe drinking water and sewage collection and treatment in the most efficient manner possible. There are three main areas of service that we provide our customers: water supply (wells, water mains, pipes); wastewater collection (sewer pipes, mains, manholes); and wastewater treatment (treatment at the plant, ponds and discharge).
With this in mind, we have been consistently planning to meet our long-term water supply and sanitation goals for our customers in this valley. In an effort to meet the goals, we began in 1995 by having planning maps developed for the wastewater and water systems of QCSD. In 2001 the 20-year master plan for water and wastewater was developed. That plan evaluated the existing conditions of these facilities and their ability to accommodate existing customers (QCSD and EQSD) as well as future customers’ needs.
The 2007 wastewater treatment plant report focused on both capacity and compliance with new state mandates, something that will affect us all. This study was critical in aiding QCSD in defining a long-term strategy to plan for increasingly stringent regulatory requirements.
This study included projected growth for both districts to 2025. From that report we are now moving forward with our emphasis on compliance with state and federal regulations.
A visual inspection of the entire collection system began in 2008 and was completed in 2010. With this information, a new study was completed in 2010 by PACE Engineering, focusing on updating the collection system in Quincy proper.
Presently, the district has completed the final application for a low-interest USDA loan in the amount of $3 million as well as an $800,000 grant. This funding will allow us to repair and replace 11,500 feet of aging pipes.
This is a very brief summary of the many projects that QCSD has taken to meet both present and future needs of this community. Our focus has been and will be to productively manage our resources on behalf of our community.