Archive for Wednesday, July 31, 2002

No water shortage in Basehor

July 31, 2002

Water restrictions remain in nearby Tonganoxie and Gov. Bill Graves said Tuesday that Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties were placed in a drought-warning category.

But in Basehor there are no plans for water restrictions. Representatives from two water companies that service Basehor said there were no problems in supplying the city.

"We have absolutely no problems," said Lois Fulkerson, manager of Consolidated Rural Water District No. 1, which serves most of Basehor and parts of Lansing and Leavenworth County. "We're using over 600,000 gallons a day."

"That's double what we normally do," she added.

Ray Breuer, owner of Suburban Water District which serves parts of Basehor and Leavenworth County , said his company is also having little problems meeting the summer demands.

"We got plenty of water," Breuer said. "We're in real good shape."

Fulkerson said there is little chance her water company would run short of water if dry conditions continue. The water company has four suppliers with ample capacity, she said.

One of those suppliers, Leavenworth Water Works has a capacity of pumping 12 million gallons a day. They are currently pumping at five million, she said.

"We have all the water we need," she said.

Water restrictions in Tonganoxie continued this week. City officials said only a significant amount of rain would allow them to lift the ban.

On July 22, Tonganoxie issued a ban on outdoor watering. The city's water wells had decreased to just 7.5 feet, city officials said.

Weeks of hot, dry weather are beginning to take a toll on the area.

According to the National Weather Service, the Kansas City metropolitan area has experienced some of the warmest temperatures in recent memory over the past month, including a three-day stretch last week where the average high temperature reached 102 degrees.

While officials at the National Weather Service expect rainfall amounts to remain below normal in the near future, they did say the time period between July 8 and Aug. 7 traditionally generates the area's warmest temperatures of the year. If that pattern continues this year, the heat wave should begin to wane by late next week.

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