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The City of Baxter treats and produces its own water for residents which allows us to control our own system and rates.  Many cities that have allowed rural water systems to provide their water are at their mercy and generally pay much higher water rates.  Baxter continually maintains and upgrades its treatment facilities and distribution system so that we can continue this way for many years to come.


The City of Baxter Water Supply, Public Water Supply Identification # 5003091, is a Grade II Treatment and Grade II Distribution System that treats and produces an annual average of 36,000,000 Gallons of Water.  Baxter does have hard water that is not softened and averages 17.5 grains of hardness which is necessary to know in adjusting residential water softeners.  Two wells that are tapped into the Alluvial Aquifer pump the water 2 miles to the treatment facility.  At the treatment facility, iron and manganese are filtered out of the raw well water.  Aeration is added for de-gasification and to rid the water of hydrogen sulfide odor.  20% Sodium Permanganate liquid solution is added to help with filtering and oxidization and 12.5% Sodium Hypochlorite (Chlorine) liquid solution is added for disinfection.  An emergency switch-over to Central Iowa Water Association is available and back-up emergency generators are also at each facility.  Baxter has a 300,000 gallon underground reservoir and a 50,000 gallon elevated tower.  Fire hydrants are flushed semi-annually to remove the naturally occurring internal corrosion from the water mains and water main valves are operated annually.    


Baxter’s water is very safe to drink and is routinely tested by trained operators and state laboratories.  It meets all state of Iowa drinking water requirements.  Baxter does not add Fluoride since it has natural amounts in it already.  Hard water systems do prematurely and adversely affect water heaters, appliances and faucet screens.  They should be cleaned out annually to extend their life.  Flush assist toilets and tank-less water heaters do not work well with hard water systems.  Residential water softeners can be very helpful with these issues.  Listed are the some of the many tests performed: Chlorine Disinfectant Residual daily, Disinfectant quantity used daily,  Iron twice per week, Manganese twice per week, Pumpage daily, Static Water and Pumping levels once per month, Stage 2 Disinfectant Biproducts (DBPR) and Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) annually, Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) annually, Coliform Bacteria 2 samples per month, Lead and Copper 10 samples every 3 years, Combined Radium 1 sample every 6 years, Gross Alpha 1 sample every 9 years, Inorganic (IOC) Chemicals 1 sample every 9 years, Nitrate 1 sample every year, Sodium 1 sample every 3 years, Synthetic (SOC) Chemicals 1 sample every 6 years, Volatile (VOC) Chemicals 1 sample every 6 years. 

******A copy of Baxter’s Annual Water Quality Report is available to view at City Hall Offices or the Public Works Department Office.  Copies available upon request.  ***************