Rural water district plans DeSoto plant
Within a decade, Water District No. 1 of Johnson County plans to be producing water in the DeSoto area.
At a special DeSoto City Council meeting last Thursday, Tom Schremp, production manager for the water district, said the district hopes to have a 25-million-gallon-a-day water treatment plant operating at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in seven years.
The plant will treat water from the Kansas River, Schremp said. DeSoto and the water district negotiated for the closed ammunition plant's water rights. It was agreed the city would apply to the Kansas Water Office for the rights that go with the 12 wells that supplied underground water to the plant, and the water district would ask for the Army's Kansas River surface water rights.
That application process is now underway.
As part of the proposed transfer of Sunflower to the Oz Entertainment Co., the water district is asking for the water intake pipes that connect the river to the plant, Schremp said. The plan is to build a 25-million-gallon-a-day water treatment plant at Sunflower that will eventually be doubled in capacity, he said.
Should the water district fail to get the land it needs for the plant at Sunflower, it would look elsewhere in the DeSoto area for the needed property, Schremp said.
The plant is proposed because of the district's growing demand, Schremp said.
"It is not our intention to expand our service area," he said. "We recently added territory north of Cedar Creek, but we have no service yet. It's a fairly significant district."
While they were negotiating the Sunflower's water rights, the city and water district did agree the city would have exclusive rights within the city limits to purchase wholesale water produced at the proposed plant, Schremp said.