For Immediate Release
June 14, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

MEDIA ADVISORY: Open House Scheduled June 25 in Frankfort
for New Water Treatment System

The City of Frankfort and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) are hosting an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 25 at the city’s new water treatment center. The facility is located along Walnut Avenue on the southwest corner of the golf course in Frankfort.

The open house is to celebrate the completion of construction of the water treatment system. Representatives from the City of Frankfort, KDHE and the engineering firm selected for the project will be available to provide additional information and answer questions.

The new system, which includes two 10,000-pound granular activated carbon filters and a new chlorine injection pump, allows for the city to resume use of public water supply well #4. Re-opening the well also prevents the migration of contaminated groundwater toward Little Timber Creek.

A settlement was reached in July 2005 with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation to address carbon tetrachloride groundwater contamination north of Frankfort. The settlement provided funding to KDHE and Frankfort to work together to design, construct, operate and maintain the new system.