Water line project slated for March completion
Officials from Consolidated Rural Water District No. 1 expect a water line replacement project to be completed by next month.
Lois Fulkerson, Consolidated Rural Water District No. 1 manager, said the project has been ahead of schedule and, weather permitting, should be completed by March 1.
"They are actually two-thirds of the way through," Fulkerson said.
The project entails changing the original four-inch water line along 155th Street to a 12-inch line. The four-inch line was originally placed in 1961.
The current project includes replacing approximately two-and-a-half miles of water line from State Avenue and 155th Street to Leavenworth Road and 155th Street.
Last week's ice storms prevented the construction company from working on the line, but should not have too much affect on the completion date, Fulkerson said.
The Kansas City, Kan., based construction company Rose and Lon Contractors are performing the work on the water line. The total cost of the project is $674,529.
"They have done a good job so far," Fulkerson said.
The new water line is expected to
increase water pressure to those homes along 155th Street as well as correct fire prevention problems.
The water line was deemed a problem earlier in 2001 when the Insurance Service Organization did an inspection of the area.
The ISO found the original line was over capacity, therefore no future water rights could be issued on the line, according to a report issued by the organization.
However, the problem in pressure is expected to be resolved with the new 12-inch line.
Fulkerson said the four-inch line carries three-fourths of a gallon of water per foot. The new 12-inch line will carry six-and-a-half gallons per foot.
"It will reduce home owners' insurance, the reason being, the increase in (water) flow," Fulkerson said.
Although the line is expected to be completed soon, Fulkerson advised residents to keep a few gallons of water available in case there is a temporary loss in service.
"It is important to keep a couple of gallons on hand in case," she said. "We ask everyone's patience and we get to them as soon as we can."
In other news, the water district elected new board members at its annual meeting Monday, Feb. 4. The annual water district meeting takes place the first week of February.
Two current board members, Basehor resident Don Mayberry and Lansing resident Henry Kenaga, were re-elected Monday for another three-year term.
Basehor resident Ron Milbourn was the only new member elected to the water board.
On Tuesday night, the water district re-elected officers.
Retaining positions are Basehor residents, Allan Goens; chairman, Don Mayberry; vice-chairman, Howard Rogers; secretary and Bob Wiley; treasurer.
Th e officers have had the same positions for the last six years