Barry Cuthbert, Superintendent
Pure drinking water, environmentally-safe sewers, well paved streets, and engineering of the City’s infrastructure are included in the responsibilities of the Public Works department. As the provider of many of the basic services that affect the daily lives of everyone who lives and works in Nauvoo, our goal is to provide the most efficient and cost-effective services possible to meet the needs of our growing community, today and into the future.
The municipal water supply in Nauvoo uses the Mississippi River as its source. The system has a treatment capacity of 400,000 gallons per day, with an average daily demand of 165,000 gallons per day. Peak demand rises to 320,000 gallons per day. The system’s storage capacity is 200,000 gallons of water per day. Nauvoo’s municipal water system has an excess capacity of 110,000 gallons per day. Recently improvements were completed to the water treatment plant located at 100 Young Street next to the Mississippi River.
Nauvoo’s sewage treatment plant can manage 840,000 gallons per day. It currently treats 190,000 gallons per day, for an excess capacity of 640,000 gallons per day. There is ample room for expansion, whether due to tourist activities, more businesses or new housing. The majority of the city’s residents are connected to the city sewer systems. The residents in the Bluff Woods neighborhood use septic tanks. The sewer plant is located at 100 Water Street.
Streets, water lines, sewer lines, and storm drains in residential areas are usually built by developers; however, it’s the Public Works Department that ensures the quality of these improvements and maintains them.
We are proud to be serving the Nauvoo community.