Kansas' oldest city getting new watermains

Gary Armentrout for July 2008 release of The Kansas Lifeline on July 01, 2008

The first city in Kansas, Leavenworth, has undertaken a project to improve the community’s water distribution system. Starting in 2004, the Leavenworth Water Department embarked on a program to install High-Density Polyethylene Pipe (HDPE) in the downtown area.

The new pipe ranges in size from 2-inch to 8-inch. The pipeline is replacing some of the old PVC and even older ductile iron pipe sections that have been in the ground for more than 100 years. Being the "first city in Kansas", Leavenworth also has some of the oldest water pipe in service in Kansas. The city water distribution system dates back to the 1870s when water lines were made of wood. The water department has recovered some of the old wooden waterlines when repairing leaks or installing new lines in some of the older sections of the city.

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