In 2008, the Columbus Junction Water Plant flooded for the second time in its 18-year life. In response, the City constructed a new water plant on Collins Road, out of the flood zone.

The $3.8 million project is funded 75% by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants and 25% by a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for flood mitigation. French-Reneker-Associates also assisted in making the grant applications.

French-Reneker-Associates provided design of the water treatment plant, as well as designs for raw water mains, potable water mains, a new well, and modifications to existing wells. The 430-gallon-per-minute production plant provides water to Columbus Junction and Columbus City. Pumping and piping is provided to expand the capacity to 595 gallons per minute.