Dayton and Mound House residents should see improved quality of their water in 2006 as better monitoring and other equipment comes on line.
Utilities Director Mike Workman said Lyon County will likely face the same growth issues as in 2005, but both water and wastewater facilities would be better.
"We're hopeful that we'll put our conjunctive use plan in place this year and we'll be putting some infrastructure on line," he said. "We'll be monitoring and tracking better next year."
Workman cited an infiltration well, a series of monitoring wells and the county's first aquifer storage and recovery wells as some of the improvements expected to help maintain quality and quantity of available water.
On the wastewater side, Workman said the size of the Rolling A treatment plant off Fort Churchill Road will be tripled. He said that plant services half of Dayton.
"It's being expanded to a full million gallons a day," he said. "It will handle all of the River Park area and the Traditions development."
Workman added the department plans to upgrade wastewater lift stations and implement an effluent management program that will provide ways to re-use or recharge treated effluent.
Improved customer service is also a goal of the department for 2006, Workman said.
"We have developed a mission statement and an integral part of that mission statement is providing excellent customer service," he said. "So customer service is going to be one of our key focus points this year."
He said the department is also planning to revise water and wastewater ordinances in 2006.
"They are in bad need of revision and updating," he said. "They'll provide for protection of our natural resources. We will have provisions that will not allow harmful discharges."
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