Friday, January 23, 2015

City of Wichita says leak could affect water usage

The headline affects a great deal of the city, and underscores many of the problems smaller towns face in the state.

My village is now faced with water problems. It has been, for many years, and we are currently raising prices to replace the one hundred and fifty year old piping system. The replacement would not be possible without a grant from the government footing half the proposal costs.

We are all going to squeal like stuck hogs when the rates go up, but two things have forced the issue – breaks in the main lines and bad taste in the households. The letters we’ve been getting with our water bills telling us of substandard water might also have something to do with it all. We’ve been getting those letters for eighteen or nineteen years and finally have run out of alternative schemes.

Reviewing the last couple of articles about the earthquakes in SC Kansas, I’ve had a thought. The quakes are along a line from Hutchinson KS to central OK. Hutchinson salt mines are the location of a great many state records from years past, and around Hutch are a number of oil reserves where oil and gases are pumped back into the ground (more salt formations) as reserve supplies.

If, in either case, a quake cracks these storage areas much can be lost. Earlier last year a leak was discovered in the gas storage and near panic ensued. Never seen a government move quite that quickly.

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From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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