From Leak Detection to Chlorinator Repairs, Energy Assessments and Source Water Plan Development, KRWA provided assistance to the following 49 water and wastewater systems during the week of December 26: Atchison Cons. RWD 5, Atchison RWD 1, Cherokee RWD 1, Cherokee RWD 1, Cherokee RWD 2, Cherokee RWD 8, City of Bennington, City of Bentley, City of Buffalo, City of Caney, City of Clifton, City of Corning, City of Erie, City of Esbon, City of Goessel, City of Havana, City of Hiawatha, City of Holton City of Inman, City of Kirwin, City of LaHarpe, City of Leon, City of Lyons, City of Marquette, City of Newton, City of Nortonville, City of Osage City, City of Portis, City of Pretty Prairie, City of Raymond, City of Sabetha, City of Scammon, City of Silver Lake, City of Osawatomie, `City of Speed, City of Spivey, City of Troy, City of Valley Center, City of Weir, Elk RWD 2, Jackson RWD 1, Jefferson RWD 10, Jewell RWD 1, KS Dept. of Transportation, Marias Des Cygnes Public Utility Authority, Marion RWD 4, Marshall RWD 3, Morris RWD 1, Neosho Cons. RWD 1, Neosho RWD 2, Rock Springs 4-H Center, Shawnee Cons. RWD 3 and Shawnee Cons. RWD 4.
In the prior week during the extreme cold weather, KRWA helped numerous systems that experienced freeze-ups of storage tanks, rises, control devices, etc. The photo at right shows what happened at the City of Esbon. During temperatures that had windchill at -40 or more during the week of December 19, numerous water systems experienced freeze-ups of storage tanks, riser pipes and control valves, not to mention meter setters. This photo above shows the storage tank in Esbon, Kansas. The riser pipe froze causing the supports of the riser to fail. The riser pipe then pulled apart and fell. Esbon is located in north-central Kansas in Jewell County. The town provides water to 87 services. Other small towns that have low flow and that experienced problems with freeze-ups included Portis and Speed. Water systems with low flow should adjust the storage tank levels during extremely cold weather conditions to help ensure a change in the water in the tank. Several other systems, including larger cities, had fire suppression lines inside buildings freeze and break. - photos by KRWA Circuit Rider Greg Metz.