CREEKSTONE WATER USE CONCERNING TO ARK CITY

Expansion of Arkansas City’s beef processing plant is causing concern about water. According to the Cowley Traveler, Creekstone Farms could increase its water usage by as much as 50 percent within the next six months, and that has commissioners concerned. This week, they passed a resolution authorizing an engineering company to do a water evaluation for an amount not to exceed $23,552. The work will involve conducting a review of the city’s water needs, recommendations, and then an application to the Kansas Division of Water Resources to obtain surface water rights. It is feared that the increased usage expected at Creekstone could cause the city to reach its current water production limits. That means that a top priority now should be to get an additional well drilled and get more water rights approved. It was noted that one water tower has capacity of a 500,000 gallons, and it is already being refilled twice each day just meet Creekstone’s needs.