The dedication of a new well house and chlorination building promises better cost controls on water and better water pressure for customers of Rural Water District No. 1.


This story first appeared in the Dec. 18 edition of the Kansan. The dedication of a new well house and chlorination building.

promises better cost controls on water and better water pressure for customers of Rural Water District No. 1.

With the approval of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the district has started pumping its own water to its customers in Harvey, Butler, Marion and Sedgwick counties. The new facility was dedicated Nov. 13.

The rural water district has developed its own source of ground water that is being supplied from three new wells that were drilled in the Equus Beds southwest of Hesston.

Water quality was never an issue in the board’s decision to seek its own source of water, a news release said.

The quality from the city of Newton always was good, the news release said.

Pressure problems between the city and the booster station were a concern, the news releases said.

Having no control over the cost of the water was another.

The contract with the city states water will be supplied at 51psi. Several customers ahead of the main booster station had low water pressures.

The board was concerned about constantly meeting the minimum 20psi KDHE standard.

An option of moving the booster station was explored to supply more pressure to those customers but to do so would be a major expense to the district.

The district also had a area of territory near Hesston that could not be adequately served without some major work.

Some of the area residents had desired water service for many years, but the district could not fulfill the request.

Public meetings were held to find out just how much interest existed. There also were promising water sources in the area that could be developed.

After a public meeting, more than 100 new water services were requested.

The district collected $2,500 from new subscribers.

The $4 million project was funded through the Kansas Public Water Supply Loan Fund. The district anticipates a cost reduction of $213,00 annually by producing the water from its own wells verses purchases water from Newton.

The water district has 958 customers and is adding 121 new customers in the Hesston area. It also serves the Newton Airport, KDOT rest area on Interstate 135 and the cities of Walton and Elbing.