The city of Augusta won first place in the Best Tasting Water in Kansas Contest this last week. The contest was held during the Kansas Rural Water Association’s 46th Annual Conference & Exhibition at Century II Convention Center in Wichita. This is the second time that August has won the Kansas contest, the other time being in 2009. The conference was attended by nearly 2,300 people from more than 300 cities and 190 rural water districts.
A sample of water from Augusta will now be entered in the Great American Water Taste Test in Washington, D.C. next February. A formal presentation of the award will be made at an upcoming city council meeting in Augusta.
The Association also recognized outstanding individuals. They included: Municipal Superintendent Grant Sechler, Jr., city of Anthony; Rural Water Manager David Stauffer of Pottawatomie Co. RWD 1; Municipal Operator Chuck Frakes, city of Winchester; Office Manager Tammy Pence, Wabaunsee Co. RWD 2; and, Wastewater Operator, Kent Hessling, city of Clay Center. Robert Johnson, CEO of the National Rural Water Association was the recipient of the “Friend of Kansas Rural Water” award. Maurice Meirowsky of Walton, KS received the Conger Award for his 25 years of service at President of the Kansas Rural Water Finance Authority. The city of Hartford, KS was named “Most Improved Water System” in Kansas.
The conference training program included 56 seminars on all aspects of water and wastewater utility operations
management and 309 exhibits of products and services for municipal water and wastewater utilities. Special guest speakers were Matt All, with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and Doug Anderson, President of the National Rural Water Association.
Paul Froelich, Enterprise, Kan., was elected to the Association’s board of directors. Dennis Schwartz, Tecumseh, was elected President of the Association’s board of directors.
The Kansas Rural Water Association provides training and technical assistance to cities and rural water districts and also supports the Department of Commerce. See www.krwa.net to learn more about the Association.