The Kansas Lifelineis the official

publication of the Kansas Rural Water

Association, PO Box 226, Seneca, Kansas

66538, and is published three times

annually for distribution to rural and

municipal water and wastewater utilities

and employees of member and non-member

water and wastewater utilities, individual

and associate members, legislative

delegations, water and wastewater-related

agencies, other industry associations and

other friends. Circulation is 5800.

Subscriptions are available at $20 per year.

Articles and photographs are encouraged.

Submissions and advertising should be

directed to KRWA, PO Box 226, Seneca,

Kansas 66538; phone: 785/336-3760; fax:

785/336-2751; e-mail: krwa@krwa.net;

Website: www.krwa.net
Editor: Elmer Ronnebaum

ArtDirector: Vicky McCallum, 

Vicky’s Graphic Design, St. George, KS

Affiliate: National Rural Water Association

© Kansas Rural Water Association, 2018

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Read about KRWA’s 2018 Annual

Conference & Exhibition beginning

on page 32.

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THE KANSAS LIFELINE

July 2018

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July 2018

Letters ..............................................................2
2018 – From Winter Goes Straight to 

Summer – and Drought Conditions 
Impact Large Areas of Kansas ..........................4

KRWA Staff Gain Proficiency at NRWA 

In-Service Training ..........................................6

Legally Relevant:Leasing of Water Storage 

Tanks for Commercial Antennas ......................8

Meet the KRWA Board of Directors ....................11

Surplus Water is Available from Federal Reservoirs in Kansas............30
2018 Annual Conference Review ......................................................32
Avoiding Unnecessary Monitoring Costs ............................................64
Security for Your Utilities – It's Affordable, and Necessary!....................68
Assisting Water Systems in Puerto Rico ....................................................72

Questions Concerning Legislation and 

Rate Adjustments ..........................................12

Declining Groundwater Level Requires 

City of Plains to Drill NewWell ........................14

State Tries Ultrasound to Control 

Cyanobacteria – When in Doubt, Stay Out!......18

“Someone Should Do Something About This ...” 

What GDPR is and WHY your City 
or RWD Should Care........................................24

Practicing Safe Cybersecurity, or 

How to Become a Human Firewall ..................26

Articles and Features

The Use of Chemicals On and Around Sewage

Lagoons: What's Effective

?What's Legal ............76

Failure of Marysville's Historic Low-Head 

Dam on the Big Blue River ..............................80

Computer Corner: Guarding Against 

The Monsters of the Dark Web . . . 
and Other Cyber Dangers................................84

KRWA Assists Doniphan County RWDs with 

Overhaul of Rechlorination Systems................88

Gaining Improved Mapping Requires Accurate Information................

90

Creating an EmergencyWater Supply Plan ........................................92
Kansas Community Feature in National Press Prompts New 

Conversation About Groundwater Challenges Acrossthe State ........94

Finney RWD 1, Largest Rural Water System in Western Kansas ..............98
Day-Tour of Tulsa Port of Catoosa for NRWA Source 

Water Specialists ..............................................................................100

Cost-to-serve Rates: Part II ................................................................102
Some Experiences in Leak Detection ..................................................106
When It's Time for the Annual Conference to Begin, 

Someone Just Punches “Play” and Everything Swings Into 
Smooth Motion (yea, sure!) ............................................................108

Advertisers' Index............................................................................111
Fun & Philosophy ..............................................................................112