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Companies helping water-short city open pool for summer

May 5, 2019

PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. (AP) — Two local companies are helping an eastern Nebraska city that suffered flood damage to its water facilities and can’t fill the community’s pool.

Severe flooding in March damaged the Plattsmouth water treatment and wastewater facilities, forcing the city to impose restrictions: no lawn watering, no washing vehicles in driveways or filling private pools.

Plattsmouth Mayor Paul Lambert said there simply isn’t enough water left to fill Plattsmouth’s popular Twin Rivers Water Park’s pool and other water features. Most of the city’s limited temporary supply of water is coming from the Cass County Rural Water District system.

The two companies that came to the rescue of summer fun for kids and families are Fast Grass sod farm and Liquid Trucking. Fast Grass is donating its well water, which has been tested for safety. Liquid Trucking is hauling it to the water park at a cost that could exceed $30,000 for labor, gasoline and maintenance.

They hope to have the pool filled by May 15, in time for a June 1 opening.

Liquid Trucking owner Roger Schmidt told the Omaha World-Herald that the expense is worth it.

“My kids both grew up in Plattsmouth and went to the pool and went to swim team and learned to swim — that was their summertime fun,” Schmidt said. “We figured the kids of Plattsmouth needed a summer, and we could help out.”

The owner of Fast Grass, Robert Meisinger, said his company and Schmidt’s were uniquely equipped to help their community.

“You’d hate to have that water restriction get in the way of kids swimming in their pool,” Meisinger said.

Both men are asking for donations to defray their expenses.

“If we get less, we’ll take it out of our pockets,” Schmidt said. “And if we get more, we’ll donate the money back to Plattsmouth somehow.”

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com