Tuesday, July 16, 2019
"An investment in Knowledge pays the best Interest."

Ben Franklin's words still ring true today. So we pick out the most appropriate articles in current events and news regarding the Water Industry both nationally and in Kansas to filter the most pertinent information for you.

Weekly News - July 8, 2019

07/08/2019 - Weekly KRWA E-News

Updating RWD Infrastructure Using the PWS System Portal
An online portal has been developed by Data Access and Support Center (DASC), in collaboration with the Kansas Water Office (KWO) and the Kansas Rural Water Association (KRWA), to allow for the update of the Kansas Public Water Supply contact database and associated GIS infrastructure data. Through this PWS Portal, RWDs can review and submit changes to their boundaries, and other infrastructure locations. To get started, access the Portal (https://maps.kgs.ku.edu/kwo) and register for an account. You will promptly receive an e-mail stating you have been approved by KWO and you can now start reviewing your boundaries. The Portal Map module contains an interactive PWS map viewer that allows you to navigate around the map and even switch basemaps for reference. Associated with the map are a couple of questions to answer about your boundary. After your updates are submitted, KWO, KRWA, or DASC staff will contact you to discuss your boundary updates to insure your district is accurately represented. For more background information, visit the KWO Public Water Supply System Portal webpage here: https://www.kwo.ks.gov/projects/public-water-supply-system-portal 


Lawrence Treating Water for Unpleasant Taste and Odor Caused by Algae
The city of Lawrence advised last week that they were treating water for elevated levels of geosmin, a byproduct of blue-green algae. Geosmin poses no health risk, but may cause an earthy smell and taste in the water. The city has increased treatment to eliminate as much of the smell and taste differences as possible. Higher rates of runoff this year have increased the influx of nutrients, which, combined with warmer temperatures, are adding to the elevated geosmin levels, according to the release. People have different levels of sensitivity to geosmin, with some able to detect geosmin at very low levels while others may not notice any change in the water. Meanwhile, the higher water levels in Clinton Reservoir are reportedly driving scorpions, snakes, snapping turtles and other critters who live in the rocks along the shoreline, out of their natural habitats, into areas where they aren’t generally found. As of last week, the lake was at a record high of 21.2 feet above the normal level. [source


Hays Wastewater Treatment Plant: ‘Final Completion in a Couple of Weeks’
May 2019 drone photo of Hays wastewater treatment plant upgrade.The end is in sight, and sooner than expected, for the $28.4 million rebuild of the Hays wastewater treatment plant. “We kicked off the project May 31, 2017, with the notice to proceed and final completion is set for Sept. 15, 2019,” Eric Farrow, HDR on-site engineer at the facility told city commissioners at the halfway mark last August. “Final completion will be within the next couple of weeks,” City Manager Toby Dougherty reported during last week’s commission meeting. [source]


Zebra Mussels Found in Lyon County State Fishing Lake
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Lyon State Fishing Lake in Lyon County. “This is the first new population of zebra mussels found in the state in 18 months, which is the longest period of time between new lake infestations since 2006. While it is unfortunate that zebra mussels have been spread to a new lake, I remain hopeful that these occurrences will be less frequent as more people have become aware of zebra mussels, their impacts, and how to prevent moving them,” said Chris Steffen, aquatic nuisance species coordinator for KDWPT. [source


New Study Could Have Important Implications for Managing U.S. Water Resources
Groundwater pumping in the last century has contributed as much as 50 percent to stream flow declines in some U.S. rivers, according to new research led by a University of Arizona hydrologist. This is the first study to look at the impact of past groundwater pumping across the entire U.S. Other researchers have examined how groundwater pumping affected surface waters, but at smaller scales. The scientists found that streams, lakes and rivers in western Nebraska, western Kansas, eastern Colorado and other parts of the High Plains have been particularly hard hit by groundwater pumping. That finding agrees with other smaller-scale studies in the region. said study co-author, Reed Maxwell of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, "With this study, we not only have been able to reconstruct the impact of historical pumping on stream depletion, but we can also use it in a predictive sense, to help sustainably manage groundwater pumping moving forward." [source]

KRWA Training Calendar


July 9: Great Bend
Design and Construction of Water Wells; Water Rights and Source Water Protection


July 9-10: Parsons
Troubleshooting Electrical Motors & Variable Speed Drives


July 16: Great Bend
Water Distribution Workshop


July 16: Olathe
Collection System Operation and Maintenance


July 18: Tonganoxie
Pipe Fusion Workshop


July 24: Pittsburg
Competent Person for Trenching and Excavation


July 25: Pittsburg
Confined Space Training


Planning to attend the 2020 KRWA Conference & Exhibition? If so, check out the hotels where sleeping rooms have been blocked by KRWA. See them at: http://krwa.net/conference


Drought Monitor
Kansas remains free of dryness and drought, as depicted by the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. Intense rainfall of up to 5 -to 8-inches occurred in central Kansas. In Marion County, the community of Durham was severely flooded and Marion Reservoir swelled to an historic half-foot above its capacity forcing releases of water that created additional flooding downstream. Severe flooding also occurred in Saline County along the Smoky Hill River and its tributaries with evacuations and water rescues reported at Gypsum. The NOAA/NWS 7-Day Quantitative Precipitation Forecast, continues to depict a wet pattern for most of Kansas. The 8 to 14-day precipitation and temperature outlooks also favor a slight chance for greater than normal precipitation and below normal temperatures.
NOAA/NWS 7-Day Quantitative Precipitation Forecast
Current U.S. Drought Monitor maps for:
Arkansas River Basin, High Plains Region, North-Central RegionSouthern Plains Region and State of Kansas


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