Commission Orders Betterments at Sedalia
The Missouri state public service commission has issued an order that the City Water Company of Sedalia, Mo., make improvements to its property in order to increase the water supply and better the service. The order also authorizes the company to increase its rates twenty-one per cent, and its hydrant rentals to $75 a year. The new rates will become effective December 1, 1924, and will provide revenue for the contemplated improvements.
Sedalia’s present water supply source is an artificial lake created by the construction of a dam across a branch of a creek. The present supply from this source has become inadequate because of the cultivation of the watershed of the creek and the loss of water stored in the lake through evaporation and seepage.
The commission’s order to increase the supply requires that the company construct a dam on Spring Fork and a reservoir, together with a 20-inch pipe line from the dam to the pumping station. Other requirements call for the raising of Flat Creek dam and laying reinforced mains in its distribution system. Also the purchase of a new pump, boiler and accessories is advised. The total cost of the various betterments is estimated at $534,000. Completion of the improvements should be made not later than October 1, 1925.
The valuation of the Sedalia Water Company’s property (exclusive of the proposed improvements) is fixed at $742,500 by the commission.