Alan Soetaert
Water District #7
The start of 2019 appears to be as fast-paced as 2018. The Water District continues to move forward with projects in 2019, that were identified in previous years, that hopefully will provide water service to areas without service. The District serves urban and residential areas in southwest Johnson County, northwest Miami County, and areas along the Johnson/Douglas County line. The District continues to experience commercial growth in its service area primarily within the Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) in Edgerton, KS; however, it also experienced the addition of an apartment complex (Blackhawk Apartments) in Spring Hill, KS.
The residential growth was strong again in 2018 with the addition of nearly 60 residential services throughout the District’s service area that stretches from the City of De Soto, on the north, to Hillsdale Reservoir on the south. There appears to be several residential subdivisions being planned throughout the District’s service area near De Soto, Spring Hill & Olathe, that will make additional lots available for potential property owners.
Commercial growth continued as well in 2018 with 2019 activities moving forward as well. The Exceligence Project in Gardner has added another commercial user to the Water District’s system. Projects at LPKC are strong and involve the Water District and the expansion of its facilities to accommodate that growth. It is exciting to see this growth and the energy that it brings to the Edgerton community.
The Water District now has made some minor improvements to the northern tier of its service area, which is referred to as the Consolidated Rural Water District No. 6 (CRWD6) service area that was acquired by Water District #7 on January 1, 2017. More significant improvements are being reviewed for future construction to stabilize fire suppression flows and long-term water supply sources.
2018 proved to be a busy and productive year for Water District #7. 2019 will be equally busy with work securing long-term water supply contracts and keeping up with the commercial business and residential activity that is occurring in the service areas of Water District #7.