Rural & Regional Water Systems

What Is a Rural Water System?

Download this brochure for information on what Rural Water Systems are and how they work.

Logan East Rural Water System (Oakland)

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Wau-Col Regional Water System (Wausa)

Construction of the Wau-Col Regional Water System broke ground on June 23, 2011.  Since its completion in 2012, the system provides high quality water to the villages of Belden, Magnet, and McLean.  Water is purchased from Coleridge and sent to Belden, and water is purchased from Wausa and sent to 16 rural customers as well as Magnet and McLean.  The name “Wau-Col” is derived from Wausa-Coleridge.

The system goes across three county lines – Knox, Cedar, and Pierce Counties.  The $3.1 million project was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development and area sponsors including the Lower Elkhorn and the Lewis & Clark Natural Resources Districts.  The project is owned by the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District, and was formally dedicated on August 11, 2012 in Wausa.

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Rural Water Systems provide a clean, safe, source of water for domestic uses, homes, businesses, and livestock operations.  If you desire to have quality drinking water in your area, please contact the LENRD.

Funds to help build rural or regional water systems could come from low-interest loans or grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

Q.  Is a Rural Water System considered a “grassroots effort”?

A.  Yes, these systems are totally driven by local citizens who want high quality drinking water.  It is NOT a project that any government will force upon people.  Partnerships are critical – agencies such as the NRD and USDA are available to offer advice and support.