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Leavenworth, KS Chooses HDPE to Replace Aged Water Lines

Andrew Farr, uimonline.com on June 03, 2013

As the oldest city in Kansas, Leavenworth is full of history — in particular, American military history. Situated on the Missouri River about 25 miles northwest of Kansas City, Mo., the city is home to Fort Leavenworth, the oldest active U.S. Army post west of Washington, D.C., built in 1827.

The fort houses the Military Corrections Complex, which comprises the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, sometimes abbreviated USDB, or called simply, Leavenworth. The USDB is the only maximum security prison of the U.S. Department of Defense and has been operated in Leavenworth, since 1875 — 20 years after the city was incorporated.

Similar to these military facilities, Leavenworth’s infrastructure — specifically its water pipes — has also been in use for more than a century. With aging infrastructure failing at a rapid rate, it’s no surprise that old cities such as Leavenworth might be at a greater risk, and in recent years, the city’s water department has been busy developing a replacement plan for many of its pipe networks.

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