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Weekly News - Feb. 10, 2020

02/10/2020 - Weekly KRWA E-News

Kentucky Community Takes Top Prize in Great American Water Taste Test
Water industry workers from across the country watched intently last week as three judges — one from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and two from the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture — determined the winner of the Great American Water Taste Test during NRWA's Rural Water Rally in Washington D.C. North Marshall Water District of Kentucky Takes Home Best Tasting Water in the NationFive finalists selected from 37 state entrants on Tuesday participated in Wednesday’s winner-take-all contest, in which the judges graded their communities’ tap water on clarity, bouquet and taste. The finalists included the California Pines Community Services District, Mapleturn Utilities in Indiana, the Auburn Board of Public Works in Nebraska, the North Marshall Water District in Kentucky and the Jenkinsville Water Co. in South Carolina. In the end, Kentucky's Marshall Water District took the top prize, with samples from South Carolina and Indiana tied for second place; and California’s water finished in third. “It’s unbelievable,” Bobby Gifford of Kentucky said of winning first place. “When we won the state, it was mind-blowing. But to win this, obviously there is great water in many places in the United States, but it’s unbelievable.” This year's Rally was attended by National Rural Water Director and Sabetha Assistant City Manager, Bill Shroyer, and KRWA General Manager, Elmer Ronnebaum. The annual event provides an opportunity to meet with our Congressional delegation to ask for their continued support for our training and technical assistance programs and for water and wastewater utility infrastructure financing needs. As a reminder, the best tasting water in Kansas will again be judged during the upcoming KRWA conference in Wichita and the winner will be announced at the KRWA Awards Banquet, Wednesday evening, March 25. This year's winner will represent Kansas at the 2021 Great American Water Taste Test in Washington, D.C. [source

 

Kansas Water Rates Available on KRWA Website
KRWA receives many questions regarding water rates. Cities and RWDs are often interested in comparing their own rates against what neighboring systems are charging. Of the many online resources provided by KRWA include online databases of City Rates and RWD Rates. The online data can be searched by specific system name or county, and can be sorted in a variety of ways. Water system personnel also are encouraged to review their own data to ensure accuracy. Systems who find their rates need updating may submit corrected information through KRWA's online rate submittal tool

 

The Kansas Dam Safety Conference Set for Mar. 11
The 2020 DWR Dam Safety Conference will be held March 11, at the Washburn University Memorial Union in Topeka. The objective of this conference is to educate attendees on regulations, technical topics, public safety, and issues affecting water structures in the state. A major focus will be to bring public awareness to the possible risks of lives, property and the environment from dam failure. This conference will encourage the implementation of site investigation, design, construction, operation, maintenance and emergency preparedness for dam owners, licensed engineers and agency officials. Cost to attend the conference is $60 per person. The conference registration fee covers speakers, a hot breakfast, lunch, refreshments during breaks and professional development hours. [more

 

Northwest Kansas Dairy Secures Loan to Improve Water Use Efficiency 
McCarty Family Farms was announced last week as the first recipient of a rePlant Capital loan to help finance the installation of moisture probes on cropland surrounding their northwest Kansas dairy, in an effort to reduce the amount of water used on crops that provide forage for the dairy cows. "Our livelihood depends on the health of our natural resources," said Ken McCarty of McCarty Family Farms and MVP Dairy, LLC. "We've always made caring for our land, air and water a top priority, so we are excited to receive the rePlant loan to help us continue to reduce water consumption on our farms and make a real impact in water conservation efforts in northwest Kansas." In addition to reducing water usage on its own farm, the McCarty family is also working with local feed partners as well as the local watershed authority to see how this program may be expanded to other farms in the region to improve water consumption and aquifer longevity within the declining Ogallala aquifer. One of the first funds of its kind, rePlant brings together a range of impact investors and family foundations to empower farmers to convert to regenerative, organic agricultural practices by supplying low cost loans to finance the transition. [source

 

Governor Appoints Goossen to Kansas Water Authority
Governor Laura Kelly last week appointed Lynn Goossen, Colby, to the Kansas Water Authority. The water authority advises the governor, the Legislature and the director of the Kansas Water Office (KWO) on water policy issues — including the approval of the Kansas Water Plan and revisions, federal contracts, administration regulations and legislation proposed by the KWO. “The water authority relies on members with a strong knowledge of water-related issues in Kansas,” Kelly said. “Lynn’s career and knowledge of agriculture and irrigation make him an ideal appointee for the position.” Since 1983, Goossen has been the owner and operator of Goossen Farms Inc., where he oversees the production of a variety of irrigated and dryland crops. Goossen also served on the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, the Thomas County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and the State Resolutions Committee of the State of Kansas Farm Bureau. [source]  

 

Donate to ONE DAY. ONE KU. to Support Earth Science Education in Kansas
The Kansas Geological Survey is being featured as part of "ONE DAY. ONE KU.," a 24-hour fundraising campaign in support of the University of Kansas. The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 20. One of the projects KGS is raising funds for is Earth Science Teaching Toolkits that can be distributed as a free resource to teachers across the state, as well as free training on how to use them. The rock identification kits include lesson plans and activities for K-12 classrooms that align with the National Science Education Standards. Educators will also have the opportunity to attend professional development workshops to learn how to use the kits. The toolkits will also cover a variety of other earth science topics, including water. All donations made between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. CST, on Feb. 20, will count toward the fundraiser's total. [more

 

Mexico Dumps Raw Sewage into Pacific; Farmers Take Over Dams to Stop Water Payments
Mexico's federal government dispatched their National Guard last week after farmers attempted to seize control of dams located near the Texas border, west of the Big Bend area. The farmers hoped to prevent the government from fulfilling a 1944 treaty between Mexico and the United States that requires cross-border flows of water. Mexico's National Water Commission said the farmers broke open locks and could put the downstream population in danger if they tried to open flood gates at the dam. Mexico has fallen badly behind with their obligations under the treaty and now has to quickly catch up on water repayments to the U.S. Mexico is still about 478,000 acre-feet short of meeting its requirement and must deliver that amount by the time the five-year cycle ends in October. “We do not want an international conflict,” the Mexican president said. “Treaties have to be lived up to. If we have signed a treaty, we have to comply with it.” Another emerging issue is the disposal of raw sewage into the Pacific Ocean, at a rate of up to 70-million gallons per day, which threatens shores and beaches near San Diego. Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina states that “this could be the worst round of pollution we have ever seen coming at us. In 2017, we had 250 million gallons spilled, now we have 50 million gallons, a minimum of 50 million gallons every single day.” [source


 
KRWA Training Calendar

 

February 18: Manhattan
Water Security & Safety

 

February 18-21: Gardner
Cross Connection - Backflow Prevention

 

February 25: Iola
Water Security & Safety

 

March 24 - 26: Wichita
KRWA Annual Conference & Exhibition

 

Drought Monitor
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor notes that it was a dry week across most of the High Plains, with light to moderate precipitation limited to south-central Kansas, where there was some reduction in the extent of the Abnormally Dry (D0) and Moderate Drought (D1) depictions there. Drought conditions persisted in far western counties where no changes were made to the Moderate Drought and Severe Drought (D2) depiction that extends southwest into neighboring states.
Southern Plains portion of the U.S. Drought Monitor, released Feb. 6, 2020.
Current U.S. Drought Monitor maps for:
Arkansas River Basin, High Plains Region, North-Central RegionSouthern Plains Region and State of Kansas

    

E-News is compiled and edited by Ken Kopp, KRWA. Subscribe to this weekly newsletter by e-mail to krwa@krwa.net with subject "subscribe krwa e-news."