July 2018

appreciates the opportunity to serve our

customers at the conference. 

The Topeka Field Office wants to

specifically thank KRWA staff for all

you do! Our contacts with Elmer and

Greg are answered pretty much

immediately. Thanks to all the KRWA

meter guys (Tony Kimmi and Lonnie

Boller, et al.) who went out and

provided tests for exceptions where

previously existing set-ups are

measuring water diverted accurately

although they may not meet the strict

letter of the law in the particular

installation. In these cases, the existing

meter installation will be allowed until

plumbing changes occur or pipe

changes are made. KDA has now

achieved state-wide metering and the

TFO in particular has completed the

issuing and follow-up on all Basins

within our territory. 

Now, KDA is moving towards more

customer service initiatives and

educational opportunities for our water

right holders including public water

suppliers. We continue to appreciate

the efforts of Doug Helmke and Ken

Kopp in providing water use reviews

and perfection discussions with

suppliers about their water rights. 

We thank you for the continued

support and assistance we always get

from you. We appreciate it. 

Katie Tietsort 

Water Commissioner

Topeka Field Office

My name is Danny Hawkins and I

represent the city of Burlington. 

I would like to take a moment and

express our sincere thoughts of Charlie


Charlie has been by far a HUGE

help to the city of Burlington.

Countless times we have called upon

Charlie for assistance and Charlie has

been more than helpful. His

professionalism and easy to understand

analogies have not gone unnoticed. His

passion for his job and wanting to help

others is a MAJOR asset for KRWA

and we are proud to be members of an

association that has staff members like


I just thought you might like to

know how much we appreciate


Thank you, 

Danny Hawkins 

W/WW Superintendent

City of Burlington

Just a quick note to let you know

that this year's show was truly a great

show. We had great traffic to our booth

and things really went smooth.

Congratulations on a great job on setup

and running the show. I think it was the

best one yet!

Bill Qualls

District Manager

Ford Meter Box Company, Inc. 

Just wanted to thank you all for a

wonderful conference this year. It was

my first and I needed to attend

desperately last year as an OIT with

the city of Carbondale. I don’t really

know how hard it is to put on an event

such as you did. GREAT JOB and


Brad Haugh 

Maintenance Manager

City of Carbondale

would like to say “Thank You” to

Kansas Rural Water Association for

the 2018 Operator of The Year

award presented to me at the

conference. Without the assistance and

guidance given to me through the years

by KRWA this award would not have

been possible. 

Thanks for all you do for all the

water operators, administrative staff

and water and wastewater systems in


Harold Hunzeker

Nemaha Rural Water District No. 1

Great Show! I hope you are able 

to enjoy a few days off. Thanks to

KRWA staff for allowing KPERS 457

to present a concurrent session at the

KRWA conference. I hope those who

attended benefited. We have quickly

learned that the KRWA conference is a

great outlet for us. We’ll be back next


Len Lehmann


It was good seeing you all at the

KRWA annual conference in Wichita in

March! It is always fun catching up

with old friends and putting faces

together with names for all our public

water supply systems across the state.

Kansas Department of Agriculture

Division of Water Resources staff