May 25, 2012
A small slice of southern and southwest Ellis County could get running water for the first time.
The Kansas Department of Commerce on Wednesday approved a
project to bring water to 10 applicants through the Ellis County
Water District 1-C.
The water district next will hire an engineer for a 10-mile
water main. It hopes to fund the project through a program that
requires residents to donate labor to construct the project. The
Commerce Department would provide the cost of materials,
engineering and grant administration.
The Hays Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/p7HduE ) of the 10
properties proposed for new service, four are homesteads more than
100 years old, two use distillers for safe drinking water, three
have hauled water for drinking and cooking for decades and five
will build new homes.