Water and Wastewater
For 80 years the City of Newton has been providing water and wastewater service to the citizens of the City of Newton. The City of Newton provides Water service to 950 customers and waste water service to 800 customers. The City of Newton’s provides water from two 1200 feet deep ground water wells. All the services of the City of Newton have made great improvements of the past decades, but none is more evident that the Water and Waste Water Departments.ater service improvements included over twenty thousand feet of new water line, complete, rehab of both water wells, two new booster plants, new water filtrations and a two new ground water storage tank.
Waste Water improvements include doubling the size of the waste water treatment plant, replacement of old sewer lines, installation of new lift station, twenty-five thousand feet of new sewer lines and the rebuilding of lift stations throughout the city. The City of Newton has invested over 8 million in water infrastructure improvements in the water and waste water service over the past 10 years
On August 13, 1938 the Newton City Council held a special meeting to make application to WPA for funds to construct and install a sewer system and PWA for funds to construct and install a water system. By October 18, 1938 the council had ordered an election on the issuance of waterworks revenue bonds in the amount of 25,000 and sewer bonds in the amount of 5,000. On November 5, 1938 the election results were canvassed with 85 votes for and 0 against, and bonds were issued on December 1, 1938. In February 1939 the first water system rate ordinance was passed and included the following rates: Water service monthly charge was .50 cents per 1000 gallons for the first 5000 gallons and a minimum charge of 1.50. Sewer service: A minimum monthly charge of 1.00 for the first four connections in any private residence and fifteen cents for each additional connection. A minimum monthly charge of 1.50 for the first town connection in, any business establishment and twenty-five cents for each addition connection. Meter Deposits were required at Business establishment of 10.00 and private residence 5.00
By May 1st of 1939 the City of Newton had purchased a 50,000-gallon elevated water storage tank on the County Court House Square. In September of 1939 Fred Bailey accepted the position of superintendent and operator of the Water works plant and distribution system at a monthly salary of 25.00 per month. Nov. 15, 1940 the water system was completed.