Fareway teams up with local co-ops for Bagley bottled water

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Fareway is coordinating with Land O'Lakes Inc., the Heartland Co-op, Landus Cooperative and NEW Cooperative to provide safe drinking water for Bagley residents until the new Xenia rural water service begins.

BAGLEY, Iowa — Fareway has teamed up with Land O’Lakes Inc. and three local grain co-ops to provide 30,000 units of bottled water to the 300 residents of Bagley, whose water system has been contaminated with unsafe levels of manganese since March.

The first of three truckloads of Fareway drinking water were delivered Friday and distributed Saturday at 603 Main St. in Bagley, where voters approved Nov. 5 a franchise with Xenia Rural Water. The new service will begin in July.

Fareway is coordinating locally with the Heartland Co-op, Landus Cooperative and NEW Cooperative to provide safe drinking water until the new service is in operation.

“The citizens of Bagley are very appreciative and welcome the donation of water from the co-ops,” said Bagley Mayor Emily Chapman-Olesen. “Residents are currently using bottled water for both drinking and cooking.”

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources recommended that all users of the Bagley drinking water system use bottled water or an alternative source of water for making formula for infants, drinking and food preparation.

“We are excited to assist the co-op partners in helping provide for safe, bottled drinking water,” said Fareway President and CEO Reynolds W. Cramer.

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