The city water system was purchased from the Sedalia Water Company in 1951; the city purchased the company with 7,770 customers. We have grown our customer base to supply over 10,000 customers since the purchase.
Nine deep wells provide the majority of the water supply for Sedalia with Springfork Lake contributing to the supply.
In 1999, the Water Department built a new 1.5 million gallon water tank. In 2001, a new lab and filtration plant was built. This plant is capable of producing six million gallons of water per day.
Today, the Water Department employs 24 full-time employees.
Public Works Board
The Water Department is overseen by a Public Works Board that meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. here at the Sedalia Water Department. All meetings are open to the public. The Public Works Board consists of 4 members:
- Jack Robinson – President
- Trish Yasger – Vice President
- Greg Nehring
- Mary Merritt
Springfork Lake was formed in 1926 by the construction of an earthen dam which impounds Cheese Creek and a 7,000 acre watershed with tributaries to Springfork Lake. On average, the lake supplies one to two million gallons of water to the city of Sedalia per day.
The lake is also a great recreational location for fishing and boating, however, boats with motors are not allowed in the water with the exception of electric trolling motors. For fishing enthusiasts the lake is a great place to catch Bass, Blue Gill, Crappie and Channel Catfish. It is open for fishing from March 1st through October 1st.
Currently we do not allow fires, firearms, hunting, swimming or alcoholic beverages at the lake.
To ensure the water quality is at its best for the City, a local watershed committee was formed. The Committee is planning and implementing measures to control soil erosion to tolerable levels.
The Sedalia Water Department owns the land immediately surrounding Springfork Lake. Two-thirds of the land is used for farming row crops. The committee assists the farmers in this area with management practices on land use within the watershed area.
The committee meets in the Municipal Building in the Staff Conference Room the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 4:15. The committee members are:
- Mona McCormack, Co-Chairman
- Phil Webster Co-Chair
- Mayor Elaine Horne
- Trish Yasger
- Bill Beck
The committee is always looking for new projects to protect our water quality. If you would like to get involved or have an idea for a new project, let us know!