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25 years ago: KC firm conducts smoke tests on Lawrence sewer system

July 25, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 25, 1988:

Motorists and pedestrians were startled today to see white smoke pouring out of a manhole at Eighth and Kentucky streets. The non-toxic smoke was produced by an engineering team from Black & Veatch of Kansas City, Mo., which was conducting smoke tests to locate leaks in the city's sanitary sewer system. "We're looking for places where a lot of water can escape," said Earl Jenkins, a Black & Veatch engineer. "We haven't found any yet. We may run two or three days of this, but sooner or later we'll find some." The work was part of a $238,000 study authorized in March by the city commission to study the sewers in the Kansas River Basin, which was on the river's south side and comprised a third of Lawrence.

In the wake of massive cuts by Eastern Airlines which had resulted in a steep decrease in flights out of Kansas City International Airport, Braniff Airlines Inc. announced today that it would begin services that would add 26 flights to the KCI lineup. Braniff was to begin serving four new cities and expand services to 14 other destinations from KCI beginning Sept. 12, increasing their daily departures from Kansas City from 50 to 76.


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