Monday, November 18, 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 - Nov. 4, 2019

11/04/2019 - Weekly KRWA E-News

KRWA Becomes 2020 Census Partner
KRWA Census 2020 ProclamationAccurate population data is crucial to many aspects of the public water supply industry, from justifying water rights to determining eligibility for water and wastewater related grants, loans and other state and federal programs. On Oct. 24, the KRWA Board of Directors signed a formal 2020 Census Partnership proclamation. As a partner, we pledge to keep our members apprised of ongoing 2020 Census activities in an effort to ensure that Kansas benefits from a complete and accurate decennial count. A detailed Census 2020 overview can be found in the November 2019 issue of The Kansas Lifeline, which was mailed to subscribers last week. The full article is also available online


Lawrence Wins Tap Water Award
The City of Lawrence recently won an award for best-tasting tap water. A sample of tap water from the city’s Kaw River Water Treatment Plant competed against about 10 other Kansas communities, according to a memo to the City Commission. The competition was part of the annual joint conference of the Kansas Water Environment Association and the Kansas Section American Water Works Association. [source


Outgoing Ellis Public Works Director Shares Water Concerns With Council
The outgoing Director, Alan Scheuerman, shared with current and potential council members a summary of issues the council will be facing, including damaged roads, collapsing storm drains and high trihalomethanes (TTHM) in the drinking water. Scheuerman said he believes the high TTHM levels are due to bromide leaching into the water system from organic materials while the amount of water in the city water wells is higher than normal. “There are multiple options there, but the city also needs to keep moving forward, because the state does not like you to sit on your laurels and say ‘We’ve got the water, we’ve got the land, but we are just going to sit there and look at it for the next 10 years,’ ” Scheuerman said. “They want to see you do something with it, which means you are probably going to have to spend some dollars.” An engineering estimate totaled $3.7 million to $4.25 million two years ago that would secure another water source, including land and construction costs. [source


Kansas Water Office Stops in Emporia to Gather Local Input on Plans and Goals
The Neosho Regional Advisory Council and Kansas Water Office were seeking local input during a special open house in Emporia last week. The input is being sought as the water office a 5-year review of the Kansas Water Plan. Director Earl Lewis says updating their goals and action plans is a year-round effort. Additional meetings are planned around the state, with details posted on the KWO website. [source


Foresters Offer Training Events for City Foresters, City Staff, Tree Boards
The Kansas Forest Service is offering day-long community forestry trainings across the state in November to address tree issues faced by Kansas communities. KFS officials note that properly caring for trees in the urban environment has become an increasingly difficult task for city foresters, city staff, tree boards and other green industry professionals. Training topics include the environmental impacts of drought, windstorm events and other environmental factors and the potential problems that may negatively affect community trees. Attendees will learn how tree defects can make a tree hazardous and a candidate for removal. The agenda includes an indoor discussion of tree assessment, removal, proper pruning and storm damage pruning; and an outdoor pruning demonstration. [source]


Prolonged Missouri River Flooding Could Last All Winter
Flooded home along the Missouri River.Flooding along the Missouri River has stretched on for seven months in places and could endure through the winter, leaving some Upper Midwest farmland and possibly some homes encased in ice. “There’s no end in sight. None at all,” said Tom Bullock, who hasn’t been able to live in his northwestern Missouri home since March because floodwaters cut off access to it. The latest long-term winter forecast from the U.S. Climate Prediction Center predicts that much of the northern United States, including the northern Great Plains, is likely to experience a wetter-than-normal winter. That could mean there will be above-average snowpack in the Missouri River’s watershed by spring. “It’s just not a very good setup,” said Kevin Low, a weather service hydrologist at the Missouri River Basin River Forecast Center. [source


California Community Declares Water Emergency Amid Power Cuts and Wildfires
The northern California community of Vallejo (pop. 115,942) last week put out a call for conservation as power was cut to their distant Cordelia pump station, but that request was mostly ignored, so a total ban on outdoor watering was then ordered. As the supply began getting tight, there was even more demand as firefighters battled wildfires. “We were getting close to about two days water left,” said Beth Schoenberger, Vallejo Water Department Operations Manager. “It’s not a situation that we are comfortable with and it’s relatively unprecedented.” So city officials called PG&E and reminded them that water was critical for firefighting and other life-supporting operations. “…and we considered them partly responsible to make sure we could deliver,” said Schoenberger. That call got the electric utility’s attention. “It absolutely did,” she said. “Within less than 12 hours we had a generator on our site.” While the portable generator is a temporary solution, the city spokesperson says a new permanent generator for the Cordelia pump station has now been added to the city’s capital budget. [source


KRWA Training Calendar


November 5: Grandview Plaza
Emergency Response Planning


November 5: El Dorado
Water and Wastewater Math


November 6: Stockton 
Emergency Response Planning


November 6-7: El Dorado
Activated Sludge


November 7: Ellsworth
Emergency Response Planning


November 12-15: Lawrence
Cross Connection Control - Backflow Prevention


November 13: Pratt
Water Distribution Workshop


November 19: Oakley
Basic Wastewater Lagoon and Collection System Operation and Maintenance

Drought Monitor
According to the National Weather Service, last week was the coldest final week of October for much of Kansas since 1925. Hard freezes (28°F or below) were recorded Thursday morning as far south as central Texas, while temperatures of 10°F or below were reported elsewhere on the central High Plains. Most of western and central Kansas experienced drier than normal conditions throughout October. No improvements were shown in Kansas on the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map, with slight drought expansion noted in the panhandle of Texas and in New Mexico. According to the National Drought Mitigation Center's Fall 2019 issue of DroughtScape, released Friday, the current drought in southwest Kansas and the Southern Plains is expected to persist. A high grassland fire danger is expected today and Tuesday across portions of the Flint Hills due to dry conditions and potentially gusty winds.

Southern Plains detail from the U.S. Drought Monitor
Current U.S. Drought Monitor maps for:
Arkansas River Basin, High Plains Region, North-Central RegionSouthern Plains Region and State of Kansas