Water Supply and Waste Water Districts in Suburbia

by Myron K. Nelson, (M.ASCE), Chf. Engr.; Johnson County Main Sewer Districts, Shawnee Mission, KS,
R. L. Chandler, (F.ASCE), Manager; Water District No. 1 of Johnson County, Shawnee Mission, KS,

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 2, Pg. 593-604

Document Type: Journal Paper


Formation of water and sewer districts in a highly urbanized area composed of fourteen separate cities are described. The water districts have encouraged the orderly development of this rapidly expanding area in the following ways: (1) the ability of the district to finance large major improvement projects when such improvements are needed; (2) the main extension policies of the District which assure recovery of the original investment or deposit by the developer through refunds after customers are connected to the mains; and (3) the practice of constantly studying and reviewing the projected needs of the District. The waste water districts use the following methods: (1) the ability of the Districts to meet varying conditions of development; (2) the ability of the Districts to plan and finance on a major watershed basis; (3) one central administration for all Districts permits an economical operation as well as uniform rules, regulations, and other requirements; and (4) the ability of the Districts to finance enlargements of collection and treatment facilities by a resolution of the governing body without additional elections or petitions.

Subject Headings: Water supply | Wastewater management | Suburbs | Urban areas | Water treatment plants | Municipal water | Sewers | Water policy

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