Topekans Turn Out To Discuss Flow Of Water Line Improvements

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Broken water mains, failing public sewer lines and a possible water rate increase were discussed at a town hall meeting Wednesday night.

The public was invited to brainstorm solutions to improving Topeka's underground infrastructure. Nearly 100 people turned out.

City utilities officials say changes need to be made because the nearly 2,000 miles of water mains range between 60 and 100 years old.

"we need to replace 8 miles of water main and 8 miles of sewer per year every year from now on," said Don Rankin, city utilities superintendent. "It's not something that's been done. We've had sporadic replacements done in the past, but we've never had the funding in place to actually do this."

Rankin says it costs about half a million dollars to replace each mile of water and sewer mains.


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