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Council funds water study

May 10, 2007

The Eudora City Council agreed April 23 to fund a comprehensive study of its water system.

As part of the study, city officials will learn how many new water towers the city could need, where it might acquire a steady supply if water becomes scarce and what main issues affect water quality.

"I would predict within the next five years, we would have issues needing additional water for the city of Eudora," Eudora City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said.

The study will give the city time to find the funds it needs to keep ahead of the issue, Beatty said.

Engineering consultant Brian Kingsley of BG Consultants walked the council through the scope of the study contract.

According to the contract, services for BG Consultants will not exceed $19,000.

By completing the study, the city will have documentation in hand that could help secure grants for future improvements to the water system, Kingsley said.

The study will also model the city's entire distribution system.

The company will use the information to determine high and low pressure areas within the system, Kingsley said.

The study would also gather information on the adequacy of the city's raw water supply. In addition to the supply, BG Consultants would evaluate the adequacy of piping between the raw water and treatment plant.

The treatment plant itself will also be evaluated, Kingsley said.

Another component of the study will focus on the city's water towers. The company will evaluate possible placement for future growth, Kingsley said.

"We want to make sure all of these are at the right elevation so as you grow you can have adequate pressure in all of these areas," Kingsley said.

As part of the study, BG Consultants will also offer recommendations for both short- and long-term improvements as well as probable construction estimates for each recommended improvement.

Councilwoman Maria Nelson and Eudora Mayor Tom Pyle both commented on the quality of Eudora's water.

"We do have very hard water, as everyone in town knows," Pyle said.

Perhaps the city should look into using a different treatment method or a different water source, Pyle said.

The city has gone far enough along with its current treatment process it might not be financially feasible to switch from ground to surface water, Kingsley said.

"But that's something we'll put a number to," Kingsley said.

Nelson mentioned white deposits she finds on her cookware after cooking.

Later, Beatty explained the white residue was because of lime used by the city to soften the water.

Pyle asked if the city should look into larger mushroom-shaped water towers.

It would depend on Eudora's population size. The larger towers make more sense for Lawrence, which has more people. If used in Eudora, the city would have to watch out for water becoming stale, Kingsley said.

"For one thing they do look much nicer, and you have a lot of back up also," Pyle said.

The council voted unanimously to fund the study.

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