VALLEY CENTER, Kan. -- Folks driving on Meridian Street in Valley Center have been asking why so much water is running in the street.
The water's being pumped from two wells on the construction site for a new Casey's General Store at the corner of Meridian and Butler.
Here's why: Contractors need to put in two large fuel holding tanks in the ground. Zernco Construction Project Superintendent Wayne Ostrom says, "We were hoping the water table was down 20 plus feet but it didn't turn out that way." He says the current high water table would float the tanks out if they tried to put them in the ground.
So City Administrator Joel Pile says the contractor got a KDHE permit to pump the ground water to temporarily lower the water table so the tanks can be installed and anchored.
Pile acknowledges some have called city hall asking why the water isn't being recycled.
Pile says, "We're not watering the parks currently. The manpower to try to load it into trucks and try to water trees and that nature, we'd spent more on fuel and labor than we'd saved by using that water."
Pile reminds people it's not treated water being pumped out but ground water. He says it's only temporary and says it shouldn't impact water wells in the area.
Pile says the hope is that the pumping will be done by Monday or Tuesday.