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TV-6 Investigates: Quad City Water Plants Propose Supplier Coalition

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TV-6 Investigates found there is no advance warning system in the Mississippi River, even though the entire Quad City metro receives its water from the river.

Tuesday night, the Moline City Council discussed for the first time joining together with the other four water plants in the Quad Cities.

Moline has installed a special river monitor up stream of its water intake, using mussels to give it an early warning.

The city water department wants to do more, and has proposed creating a formal water supplier coalition.

It would join Iowa American, East Moline, Rock Island, the Rock Island Arsenal, and Moline into one formal unit.

The goal is to make sure the Quad Cities is prepared for a spill.

Parent Ashley Castillo says "it is a typical hot day, instead of playing inside the house, going crazy, (we) decided to come out here and enjoy the sun."

She has a lot to worry about watching her four and eight year olds play in the splash pad at Rock Island's Schwiebert Park. The last thing she wants added to the list, is water quality.

"As a parent you want that peace of mind you know what I drink, what my other family could be drinking, especially my kids, you want to make sure that it's safe," says Castillo.

That's where Greg Swanson comes in. He's in charge of Moline's water system and he's trying to get all five Quad City water plants to join together officially.

"There's strength in numbers and it would be prudent for us all to work together in regard to spill response readiness and source water monitoring," says Swanson.

They've worked together informally over the years. Sharing parts or sharing water during emergencies, but with 250,000 people relying on the Mississippi River for drinking water here, the water plant bosses want some formal organization to help prepare for the next accident.

"We're trying to leverage the current awareness, we don't want to wait for the next episode, maybe the outcome isn't as good for us as it was with the Colby," says Swanson.

Sharing knowledge and sharing specialized testing equipment to keep parents like Castillo worrying about her kids, instead of the water.

"I think that's a great idea," says Castillo.

Moline's committee of the whole approved moving the support on to council.

The rest of the Quad City water departments will need to take the idea to their leaders for approval as well.

 

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