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THE KANSAS LIFELINE

July 2018

excavator, two trenchers, a skid-steer

loader, two service trucks, and

equipment to fuse high density poly

pipe. All three operators have completed

heat fusion training and are certified to

perform butt fusion of HDPE pipe. Also,

a recent addition to the district office

building will allow equipment and

inventory to be stored indoors. All work

is now being done in house with district

funds

Linn RWD 2 began operation in the

1970’s; the district has about 800 miles

of pipeline and 850 customers. Some of

the original pipe was small diameter 

1-1/2-inch pipe. About 4,000 feet of this

pipe will be replaced with 3-inch pipe to

increase capacity to customers. Other

improvement plans include adding

7,000 feet of six-inch pipe to a local

subdivision.

Because of the difficulty in gaining

access to homes, operators have

installed ten sample stations and are

planning to install ten more in the near

future to ensure adequate sites for

compliance monitoring. Also, five

automatic timer-controlled flush

stations have been installed to

maintain fresh chlorinated water

throughout the distribution system;

five more will be installed in the near

future.

Prior to a few years ago,

bookkeeping was contracted. All

recordkeeping is now maintained by

the district. The district has a radio-

read meter reading system in place for

customer meters. Also, daily water

production can be monitored in the

rural water district office as a satellite

read system is in place to read master

meters.

The current board of directors

deserves credit for the major turn-

around. As a result of renegotiating the

purchase contract with the supplier

along with improved management, this

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The Kansas Rural Water Association was pleased to present a $1,000 scholarship to Torrie Thiel as recipient of the

Dennis Schwartz Scholarship for 2018-19.

Torrie is the daughter of Vickie Thiel who is bookkeeper for Cowley RWD No. 4 and her husband Brian who live on a

farm near Winfield. Torrie attends Central Jr-Sr High School in Burden. She ranks No. 4 in a class of 78. She has been on

the Superintendent's Honors Roll every semester of high school. She is a National Honor Society inductee and Kansas

Honors Scholar.

Torrie has been involved in many community activities. She has been a dedicated

leader in 4-H, holding many offices and she has earned many honors and awards for

her work in 4-H. She was junior swine livestock superintendent and junior swine

project leader. Her daily chores at home include caring for and feeding livestock,

doing laundry and cooking for her family. She has  also volunteered at the hospital,

serving meals for the needy at her church and being supportive of Big Brothers and

Big Sisters. Through 4-H she has volunteered time for the Humane Society, Winfield

Isle of Lights, Respite House and local food pantry. And in addition she has

supported her school through sports earning varsity letters in basketball and softball.

Torrie's goal is to attend Norther Oklahoma University with a gateway program to

continue to OSU in agricultural communications and business.

The scholarship is presented to the dependent of an employee of a KRWA member

water or wastewater utility. The scholarship was established in the name of Dennis

Schwartz, long-service member of the KRWA board and leader in national water

utility organizations.

The office for Rural Water District No. 2,

Linn County –winner, most Improved

Water System in Kansas. 

system was able to move from near

bankruptcy to operating in the black in a

relatively short time. The system has

weathered many storms – but Linn

RWD 2 has overcome them by working

together.