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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Which Newton municipal facilities pay for water?

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  • ?Which Newton municipal facilities have to pay for water??According to city staff, the short answer is “none.”?City facilities such as the fire stations, police station, Meridian Center, Newton Public Library, City Hall and the Newton Recreation Center aren’t asked to pay a water bill.?“For years, our policy has been: water utility customers will help pay for the variety of community facilities, programs and operations that service this city’s citizens,” City Manager Randy Riggs said.?The city has a written policy with just one facility: the Recreation Center. This policy is signed by the Newton mayor and the Recreation Commission chair. Although this agreement asks the Recreation Commission to pay for water, the policy is not enforced.?Data provided by the city states the Recreation Commission used about $150,000 worth of water in 2011, and through July of this year has used about $70,000. The future relationship between the city and Recreation Commission remains under discussion.?The Sand Creek Station golf course also does not pay for drinking water used at the clubhouse and satellite restrooms.?Erin McDaniel, the city’s public information officer, said the amount of water used by the clubhouse and restrooms is a relatively small amount and likely has little impact on residential water rates.?Water used to irrigate the course is effluent from the wastewater treatment plant (treated wastewater that otherwise would be discharged into Slate Creek).
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