Valley Center, Kan. --
There's a water issue percolating in one Valley Center neighborhood. Some of the residents near 69th Street North and Seneca are complaining about the quality of their well water.
It's a rural neighborhood which has always had to depend on wells for water. But with Valley Center's growth the neighborhood is now in the city and close to city utility services.
Ivan Moore says, "The first time I took a hot shower in there it smelled so terrible, I said, 'I can't do it again.'"
Moore says he hired a company to put in a system which sends his well water through four filters before it reaches the faucets.
Moore says the water has so much rust in it the sprinklers will leave an orange color on the house unless the water is filtered.
His wife Ashley Moore says she won't drink the water from the tap because of the odor and taste.
Another neighbor complained to the health department that there was a petroleum smell to the water.
Kelly Parker is an environmental geologist with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. He took water well samples. Parker says his initial findings do not indicate a petroleum content to the water. Initial findings indicate high concentrations of iron and manganese. Parker says more extensive results will be returned late next week.
Valley Center City Administrator Joel Pile says some of the residents have called city hall to find out what they'd have to do to get city water. Pile says residents have to petition and get a majority of the neighbors to agree to getting municipal water. He says the city is looking into what it would take to extend water service to the residents.
Pile says an informational meeting on the subject is scheduled for November 19th at 6:PM in the city hall council room for those residents.
Ivan and Ashley Moore both say they'd welcome the chance to get city water.