City asks residents to conserve water
Work on Sunflower waterline begins
De Soto residents are being asked to voluntarily conserve water until solutions to the city's chronic summer water shortage woes are in place.
City Administrator Gerald Cooper asked the residents to adhere to a conservation plan used last year. The plan asked residents with odd-numbered addresses to limit outdoor water use to odd-numbered days and those with even-numbered addresses to even-numbered days.
The city's water plant produced 885,000 gallons of water Sunday. The water produced was safe to drink, but was brown because particles didn't have time to settle out in the clarifier, said city engineer Mike Brungardt.
Work started Monday on a waterline that will connect to the water treatment plant, Brungardt said. Its completion in four to six weeks will allow the city to tap into the Sunflower treatment plant's far greater capacity, meaning an end to brown water and shortages.
Relief is coming on another front. The city entered into an agreement with Johnson County Rural Water District No. 6 to purchase water on an emergency basis. Brungardt said after both parties are satisfied with the contract's final wording, it will only take minor plumbing to gain access to the rural district's water, he said.