De Soto Addressing Water Quality Concerns

DE SOTO, Iowa -- Each morning is the same for the public works crew in De Soto. They head to the north side of town to test the drinking water, but the last couple of weeks have been anything but routine.

“Kinda got the community stirred up. It’s really due to either miscommunication on the city’s part to the residents or the lack of information the resident have sought out on their own,” said Dan Van Langen, Public Works Director, De Soto.

The residents have two big issues with the water, cost and safety. On Tuesday, the city council is holding a meeting to clear up those issues.

“We want them to have a clear understanding that the water is safe and a bigger understanding that the city of De Soto, has been taking proper steps to build and design a new treatment plant that will give them better quality water,” said Van Langen.

The next issue the city council will clear up is why the water bill for many residents continues to rise.

“Yeah. We have seen an increase because we need to fund a $3.2 million facility,” said Van Langen. “So yeah, for the last five years, we’ve done steady increases so we have money in the bank to help finance the project and qualify for those loans.”

Butch Ostrander is a familiar face in the De Soto community. In addition, to owning a repair shop he has also been the mayor last decade. It’s safe to say that he knows how the system works and he stresses that the only way for the water issue to get sorted out is getting everyone together and lay out all the facts.

“Absolutely, is they stay open minded about listening. I was on the city council and it’s the same issues we’ve faced every year for a lot of years,” said Ostrander.

The meeting will take place Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the De Soto Intermediate School.