Water Treatment Plant
Water is obtained from the Neosho River and is pumped to the city via two pipe lines fed by 4 pumps. The water is treated by the city’s lime softening, rapid sand filter plant rated at 6,000,000 gallons per day capacity when built.
The plant averages less than 2,000,000 gallons per day with a peak of around 2.5 million gallons. Treatment consists of settling aided with polymer, addition of lime and other coagulants for softening and enhanced settling, pH adjustment, final clarification and filtration. Chlorine is used for disinfection, combined chlorine most of the year with free chlorine used as needed for its extra disinfecting ability The water plant was put in operation in 1951 with a major addition in 1970. Many modifications have been made over the years to meet changing regulations. The plant is operated 24/7 by six state certified operators.