Grant Helps NW Kansas Residents Get Running Water

HAYS, Kan. (AP) A $300,000 state grant is helping several northwest Kansas residents get drinking water to their rural homes for the first time in generations.

The Hays Daily News (http://bit.ly/1bhTbBJ ) reports 42 volunteers helped finish a 12-mile pipeline to southern Ellis County in three months as part of a project bringing water from Trego County.

The new pipeline will allow Ernie Leiker and his wife to move back out to their farm, which they left decades ago because it didn't have running water. It's also helping others who had either low water pressure or none at all before the line went in.

The grant paid for engineering, materials, grant administration and help from the Kansas Rural Water Association, but most of the work was done by people who provided help for free.


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