Laboratory at WPCP Does Pool and Spa Water Testing!

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While this week’s weather in Muscatine hasn’t been particularly warm, pool season is still right around the corner! We want to make sure you know about one of the great features of the Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) Laboratory. They offer services to test pools and spas for reporting to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

All pools and spas open for public use are required monthly testing to ensure public safety.  The City of Muscatine can provide the testing services for those with public pools through our new state of the art laboratory at WPCP.  With convenient and easy sample drop offs, there’s no need to drive out of town for pool and spa testing services!  The laboratory has been certified for E. coli and Coliform testing since 2010.  This testing has been expanded to include swimming pools.  To include spas, the laboratory has recently added testing for Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

For more information about pool and spa water testing at WPCP laboratory, contact Patti at 563-263-2752.

City Projects Underway for 2016

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Are you interested in learning more about the projects happening in the City this year? Take a look at this PowerPoint Presentation: 2016 City Projects. It gives a breakdown of each project, including the impact to the community and the cost. These projects are significantly shaping the future of Muscatine!

For a quick view of the PowerPoint Presentation, take a look at this video that was put together by the Voice of Muscatine.

Please be sure to connect with the City if you have any questions or comments by visiting our website, Facebook or Twitter or emailing our Communications Manager Emily Lofgren.

WPCP’s Role in Preserving Public Health Through Sanitation

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Back in August, the Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) celebrated 50 years of service to the Muscatine community.  As you are able to read in the tour recap blog post, the process of removing harmful organisms and other contaminates from wastewater once it gets to WPCP is a lengthy, yet crucial process. Many in the developed world take for granted the quality sanitation procedures that occur within their communities.

What exactly is sanitation?

Sanitation is “the study and application of procedures and measures designed to protect public health, as in the provision of clean water and the disposal of sewage and waste,” (American Heritage Dictionary 2011). While most of us know that sanitation involves sewage and waste, something many neglect to recognize is that sanitation work is for the protection of public health. It is not just about getting rid of waste, but about making sure that wastewater and garbage are taken care of properly to protect the public. 

In fact, a global survey determined sanitation to be the biggest medical milestone of the last 150 years. While new vaccines, surgeries and medicines have been invented and discovered, the leading response in the British Medical Journal’s survey about medical milestones was sanitation. “It’s also impressive that in a field of respondents led by physicians and researchers who focus on treating disease, so many remembered the importance of preventing it,” Ted J. Rulseh wrote in the article Greatest Medical Milestone? ‘Sanitation,’ Says Global Study.

I encourage you to read Greatest Medical Milestone? ‘Sanitation,’ Says Global Study as it provides more data on the decline of mortality rates once improved sanitation was implemented. It points toward treating the problem of diseases at the root instead of once people have been infected; the facts suggest that this is a better solution for some of the world’s health problems.

How does Muscatine’s Water Pollution Control Plant protect public health?

WPCP takes innovative steps to utilize wastewater as a resource. They are working toward a transformation to ultimately rename the facility Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF). In the name change, they recognize the full potential of what they have in the N-E-W paradigm. WPCP uses N-E-W to represent three key resources in wastewater: Nutrients, Energy and Water. They are vital to the success of any community. Recovered nutrients are replacing fertilizers on farms, energy is being generated in the form of renewable natural gas, and clean water reuse can help replace the dwindling supply both above and below ground. Clean water is essential for life and health, so the work of WPCP is clearly necessary for the health of our community.

The new project that WPCP proposed during budget sessions is called MAARVE (or the Muscatine Area Resource Recovery for Vehicles & Energy program). MAARVE is being designed to be a community wide effort to reduce or eliminate organic waste streams being sent to the landfill. In turn, that organic waste will be used for the creation of economical, clean and renewable vehicle fuel. The materials that would be used include FOG (fats, oils and grease) from restaurants, waste products from industry that are unfit for consumption, and waste food scraps from grocery stores, schools and homes.

It is estimated that the MARRVE program’s utilization of organic waste would be able to eliminate 20% of the daily load to the landfill and generate revenue for the City, all while cleaning the air. The benefits of this program could be enormous!

The first phase of this initiative is called the High Strength Waste Receiving Project. It will begin by acquiring the necessary material to generate gas and reduce organic waste in our landfill. The next phase will come once WPCP has determined the best use for the gas and how much they are able to generate from the organic waste.

This project is an exciting step forward for Muscatine! Be sure to watch for more posts on the blog and on Facebook about WPCP’s efforts as they embrace the N-E-W paradigm.

Thank you for reading!

City of Muscatine Mayor Recognizes Individuals and Organizations Who Brought China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra to Our Community

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At the Thursday, March 3, 2016 Muscatine City Council Meeting, Mayor Broderson read a Proclamation of Recognition thanking those organizations and individuals who contributed to a successful performance of the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra (CBCO) in Muscatine. Both citizens of Muscatine and visitors were able to experience a once in a lifetime performance of a world-renowned performing arts troupe on Feb. 24.

Those thanked included Glad Cheng and Daniel Wang of China Windows Group who spearheaded the project with the vision of bringing the concert to the Muscatine community. Chinese Consul General Zhao Weiping played in integral role in assisting Cheng and Wang in their initiative. Many organizations came alongside China Windows Group to plan the concert, including the Muscatine-China Initiatives Committee, Muscatine Sister Cities and the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra.

Host families and countless other organizations provided true Muscatine hospitality to the performers as they experienced our community! Thank you to everyone involved!

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One of CBCO’s stops in Muscatine was at City Hall where they were able to visit the City Council Chambers. Below are some photos from their time at City Hall: