Missouri News

Ralls County water supply district buys land for potential development

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 10, 2016 12:01 am
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Public Water Supply District 1 of Ralls County has bought land in Marion County that would allow it to build a water treatment plant if it chooses to do so.

Water District Manager Lucas Drullinger said the purchase of a 43.3-acre tract off U.S. 61 near Route W became final Dec. 11. He said the district's board of directors hasn't made any decisions but the space exists if the board opts to move forward with constructing its own treatment facility.

The Ralls County district currently buys water wholesale from the Hannibal Board of Public Works and distributes it to customers in eight communities and surrounding areas. Drullinger said the district has been weighing both the cost and water quality in discussions related to a water treatment facility, noting there is concern that the water now comes from just one source.

"We are all trying to do what's best for the customers," he said.

The Ralls County district serves about 2,800 customers in southern Marion and eastern Ralls counties, as well as a small section of Pike County. It's managed by Alliance Water Resources, a Columbia, Mo.-based company that provides operation, maintenance and administrative services.

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