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Tama Council studies water rates

Sump pumps are big problem

June 29, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Water rates and accompanying charges for sanitary sewer service in Tama could see boosts in the foreseeable future.

John Lloyd, Tama Public Works director, outlined projected improvement and repair costs for the city system which covers the next 10 year period. His report came during a special council meeting Monday night.

Lloyd said his evaluation shows the need for a $2.34 hike in monthly water bills accompanied by a $1.58 sewer monthly sewer increase.

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John Lloyd
Tama Public Works Director

This additional revenues is expected to cover the basic needs during the period.

Council members took no action on the rates Monday night.


Continued infiltration of the sanitary sewer system for residential sump pump discharge continues to be a major concern in Tama with discussion also centering on this issue during the special meeting.

Lloyd told council members the recent heavy rainfalls could result in one million gallons of water passing thorough the treatment plant. Normal flow is some 250,000 gallons.

Blame is on sump pumps hooked up to floor drains or otherwise connected to the sewer system.

Sump pumps in Tama are supposed to either be drained into storm sewers or flow on to and be dispersed on the users own property.



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