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Russell Water Judged Second-Best Tasting Water in Kansas

Water DropThe best tasting water in Kansas is produced by WaterOne of Johnson County according to a recent contest, and the City of Russell's water placed second.

So says the team of professionals who judged water during the 51st Annual Conference and Exhibition for water and wastewater utilities sponsored by the Kansas Rural Water Association held at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita.

WaterOne is an independent water utility, serving approximately 425,000 customers in the Johnson County area. WaterOne is the largest public water system in Kansas. That system was incorporated as a non-profit entity in 1957 and today serves many communities in Johnson County. WaterOne has two water sources – the Missouri River and Kansas River. System capacity is 200 million gallons per day to meet customers' needs.

The City of Russell serves 2,400 customers and has a production capacity of 1.5 million gallons per day to meet customers' needs. City Manager Jon Quinday comments the City of Russell is proud to have placed second in the contest as nearly 30 samples were submitted by cities and rural water districts. This is the first year the City of Russell has participated in the contest. Russell's water supply is from two sources, surface water from Big Creek and groundwater from its Pfeifer Wellfield. Treatment involves a combination of water softening and an EDR (electrodialysis reversal) plant to blend surface and groundwater together. The plant is operated by five operators and one plant supervisor.

A fresh sample of water from the winner in each state, WaterOne will be entered in the Great American Water Taste Test to be held in Washington, D.C. next February.

The recent conference in Wichita was attended by nearly 2,300 people from 309 cities and 188 rural water districts in Kansas. The conference included 365 exhibits and 58 technical sessions. The Kansas Rural Water Association provides training and technical assistance to cities and rural water districts across the state. See www.krwa.net to learn more about the Association.

(Information courtesy Kansas Rural Water Association.)

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