Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Officials Worry about Water

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Officials Worry about Water

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LAWRENCE -- Officials with a water district downstream from Lawrence are concerned about the short notice they received regarding the city's release of nitrogen-contaminated water into the Kansas River.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has authorized the city to release up to 30 million gallons of nitrogen-contaminated water over the next few months. It is part of a plan to clean up the former Farmland Industries fertilizer plant in eastern Lawrence.

The authorization was given a few weeks ago, but neither the department nor the city notified independent public water district WaterOne at that time, said Mandy Cawby, spokeswoman for the district.

"Since Monday morning, we have contacted KDHE and Lawrence," Cawby said. …

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