Public Water Supply Section


Kansas Drinking Water Watch

Bureau of Water
Public Water Supply Section

Darrel Plummer, Section Chief
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 420
Topeka, KS 66612-1367
(785) 296-5514
FAX: (785) 296-5509

Public Water Supply Section Staff

Karrie Ullery, Data Management & Public Water Supply Inventory, 296-6340
William Carr, State Revolving Loan Fund, Intended Use Plan, 296-0735
Dan Clair, Engineering and Permits Unit Chief, 296-5516
Angela Unrein, Disinfection Byproducts, Lead and Copper Compliance Officer, 296-0694
Patti Croy, Annual Compliance Reports; Consumer Confidence Reports, 296-3016
Gyanendra Prasai, Plan Review, 368-8337
Rex Cox, Plan Review, 296-5539
Christianne Huard, Research Analyst, 296-7111
Melissa Sitze, Inorganics, Volatile & Synthetic Compounds, Nitrate, Radionuclides & Surface Water Treatment Compliance Officer, 296-6434
Dianne Sands, Monitoring & Compliance Lead Worker, 368-8336
Jean Herrold, Bacterial Monitoring Requirements Compliance Officer, 296-5518
Andrew Hare, Development of Regulations and Enforcement, 296-5946
Rick Wiedmann, Compliance and Data Management Unit Chief, 296-5523
Cathy Tucker-Vogel, Capacity Development, 368-7130
Linda White, Administrative Assistant, 296-5514
Kristi Patch, Administrative Assistant, 296-5525

Purpose of the Section:

The Public Water Supply Section (PWSS) of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Bureau of Water is charged with regulating all public water supply systems in the state and assisting them in providing safe and potable water to the people of Kansas. The PWSS oversees more than 1,000 public water supply systems including municipalities, rural water districts, and privately owned systems. These systems may serve a small communities of several families or cities of more than 300,000 persons.

What is a public water supply system?
In the State of Kansas, a public water supply system is defined by Kansas Statutes Annotated (K.S.A.) 65-162a and Kansas Administrative Regulations (K.A.R.) 28-15a-2 as a "system for delivery to the public of piped water for human consumption that has at least 10 service connections or regularly serves at least 25 individuals daily at least 60 days out of the year." These systems are regulated by the state to assure the citizenry safe and pathogen-free drinking water. Private domestic/residential groundwater wells are not considered a public water supply systems and are not regulated by the PWSS.

How does the PWSS regulate public water supply systems?
To maintain a high degree of water quality, the PWSS has set up three units to develop and implement several regulatory programs. These three units are: The Permits and Engineering Unit, The Data Management and Compliance Unit, and The Capacity Development Unit.

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