Archive for Tuesday, June 30, 1992

STUDY TAPS INTO EUDORA WATER NEEDS

June 30, 1992

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— The current rate of water production in Eudora is barely adequate to satisfy demands anticipated for this summer, according to an engineer who was hired by the city to conduct a study of the water treatment plant.

Don Novak, of Novak & Lay, a Hiawatha engineering firm, presented his findings and recommendations to the Eudora City Council on Monday.

The city's water requirements have doubled from 60 million gallons per year to 120 gallons per year since the existing water plant was built in 1971, said Novak. The treatment plant and wells in the Kansas River valley are designed for a production of 650 gallons per minute, and estimated projections of water demands indicate the requirement for the plant in the year 2025 will be 1,230 gallons per minute, he said.

Novak said the city can meet its immediate water needs by purchasing "pigs," equipment for cleaning the pipeline, and scraping the iron and manganese from the 7-year-old lines leading to the plant from the wells.

SO MUCH residue has built up that "the pipeline is a 10-inch line, but it's now the equivalent of a 9-inch line," he said.

He also recommended purchasing a new pump for Well 7 and rebuilding the existing pump for use at Well 6. The pump currently in use at Well 6 would be rebuilt for future use.

The cost of the two projects and additional field survey and wellsite study work would be about $52,000, Novak said.

To supply water to Eudorans for the next 30 years, Novak suggested the city build an addition at the water plant to double its capacity to 1,300 gallons per minute, construct two new wells and lay the pipeline from the new wells to the plant.

He estimated the cost of the long-term solution at $1,360,000, based on construction starting in 1995. Because of the vast amount of paperwork and filing required with the state, Novak said the city shouldn't waste time if it decides to adopt his recommendations.

"IF YOU start planning immediately, you should be able to build the plant in 1995, which is when you need it," he said.

The city probably will need to issue bonds to finance the project, Novak said, but he added council members also should investigate the possibility of state loans. He recommended the city increase rates for water customers 10 percent this year and another 10 percent in 1993 to help generate the needed funds.

The council took no action regarding the water plant study.

In other business at Monday's meeting, the council:

Changed the system for charging fees for zoning change applications. Property owners will be charged $150 for each zoning classification change sought regardless of the number of sites in question. The previous system charged $150 per building site.

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