Loup Power District, a wholesale power customer of Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), provides electric service to Howells and 25 other communities in Colfax, Boone, Madison, Nance and Platte counties and wholesale service to Cornhusker Public Power District which serves the rural areas. Loup Power District, Nebraska Public Power District and Cornhusker Public District are headquartered in nearby Columbus.
Loup Public Power District
2404 15th Street
PO Box 988
Columbus, NE 68602-0988
The municipal water system in Howells is supplied by two wells, which have an average depth of 230 feet. The system has a combined pumping capacity of 100,000 gallons. The average daily demand is 95,000 gallons, and the historic peak daily demand is 247,000 gallons. The system has a maximum capacity of 1,15400,000 gallons per day. Groundwater is available for industrial uses. A 25-foot well will produce approximately 600 gallons of water per minute. A new well system went on line in 1991. The quality of water in Howells does not necessitate a water treatment plant. For hookup, contact the Village Clerk at (402) 986-1666.
Howells has municipal sanitary sewerage system and a storm sewer system. The two-cell lagoon treatment facility was built in 1966 and designed for a population of 800. The system has an average daily flow of 40,000 gallons and a historic peak daily discharge of 60,000 gallons.
Privately owned waste removal services are available in Howells. Contact the Village Clerk at (402) 986-1666.
Howells is active in recycling newspapers, cardboard, aluminum, milk jugs, plastic bags and paper sacks. The recycling trailer can be filled 24 hours a day. It is located near in the lot just west of the Howells Elevator. The Village of Howells is responsible for emptying the trailer when the recycle tubs are full. A cardboard, paperbacks and newspaper only, Green Fiber recycling trailer is picked up by Norfolk weekly and the bin is located on north side of Bills’ Food Store, on the lot just west of the Howells Elevator, Howells Mini-Mart, Howells High School near the Ag Building, behind Fiala Garage, and behind Hegemann Hardware. This money goes toward the Howells Pool Fund which is from Green Fiber. A cage is located by Howells baseball field for recycling aluminum, this money goes toward the Howells Youth Baseball fund.
Colfax County Recycling Facility is located on West Highway 30 in Schuyler.
- STEEL food cans only, rinsed out
- PLASTICS only #1 and #2 with no lids on milk jugs
- PAPER such as junk mail, correspondence, and homework
- PLASTIC with no lids on milk jugs
- Call 402-352-3101 for computers without the monitors will be accepted. Items for reuse: Eye glasses, hearing aides, NI-Cad batteries, Computer disks and CD’s.
Local Internet Service
Community Internet Systems (Megavision)
CenturyLink provides telecommunications services to the Howells area. For more information, contact billing and customer service at (877) 837-5738.
Several Nebraska radio stations carry local news and weather to the area including: KJSK 900AM, KKOT 93.5FM, KLIR 101.1KLIR 101.1FM and KTTT 1510AM in Columbus, KWPN 840 AM, 107.9FM in West Point, WJAG 780AM, 99USA 92.7FM, KPNO 90.9FM, KNEN 94.7FM, KXNE 89.3FM and KEXL 106.7FM in Norfolk, KHUB 1340AM and KFMT 105.5FM in Fremont and KZEN 100.3FM in Central City. Television stations that serve the Howells community include: WOWT, KETV and KMTV in Omaha and KOLN-TV in Lincoln.
The Howells Journal, the local weekly newspaper, has 900 subscribers.