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Eudora, De Soto to discuss water needs

June 8, 2006

Eudora city officials will sit down Friday with their counterparts from De Soto to discuss future water needs.

Eudora City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said her city, which is currently adding about 100 new homes a year, was looking at its options about how best to provide for future growth. The city's problem wasn't the production capacity of its water plant but water rights that limit it to one more well in its Kansas River well field.

Beatty said Eudora officials were looking at a broad range of options, which include the simple purchase of water rights, buying water from De Soto or partnering with De Soto in the production of water.

Overall the approach to De Soto was Eudora's attempt to find a less-expensive regional alternative to its future water needs.

"Eudora can't go it alone," Beatty said. "We're going to have to think out of the box."

The discussion comes as De Soto is studying options for its future water needs, which started last month with a Burns & McDonnell report looking at five possible sources. Four options studied had De Soto producing its own water and a fifth looked at the cost of purchasing wholesale water from the city of Olathe.

The costs of the solutions should make De Soto officials open to any discussions. It would cost De Soto a minimum of $8.4 million to build a new water plant or renovate its current plant at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, which the study recommends the city abandon.

Beatty noted De Soto's study indicated its least expensive option would be to purchase water from Olathe. Eudora could also consider such an arrangement, she said.

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