Carson City recognized by Michigan Rural Water Association for quality

By Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 12:34 pm on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tim Neumann, executive director of the Michigan Rural Water Association, center, presents the Water Utility of the Year Award to Carson City Administrator Mark Borden and Department of Public Works Director Dan Curtis at Tuesday night's Carson City Council meeting. — Daily News/Lonnie Smith

CARSON CITY — The Carson City Council learned Tuesday that its water utility earned the Water Utility of the Year award from the Michigan Rural Water Association.

Tim Neumann, executive director of the Michigan Rural Water Association, presented the award to the city council during its regular meeting.

According to Neumann, Carson City received this award from efforts in a water rate study, water quality study and infrastructure improvements to provide quality water to the residents of Carson City. Neumann said Carson City is a city that is being proactive in making sure their water systems are improved before problems arise.

“We think it is important that when good things are being done that the public is notified and made aware of the utilities outstanding service to the community,” Neumann said. “Water is important to community not only for drinking but the industrial side of a community depends on water to flourish. Without water we wouldn’t have a way of life anymore. People don’t realize that there is a lot of water used on the industrial side. From restaurants to manufacturing, they are a majority of water users too.”

During the meeting, Mayor Bruce Tasker congratulated Department of Public Works Supervisor Dan Curtis for his efforts on finishing the projects on time and making sure Carson City’s water infrastructure is in good shape.

City Administrator Mark Borden said the water studies performed help the city determine exactly what needed to be done.

“The goal was to improve the quality and greatly improve the reliability of the water service,” Borden said.

Borden said with the funding available from the USDA the city was able to apply for some low funding loans and complete these projects that earned them the recognition from the Michigan Rural Water Association.

“We are very happy to get this award,” he said.

Borden said the next thing is to figure out where the city wants to post recognition signs and get the blessing from the Michigan Department of Transportation to display them on M-57.


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