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|Date:||5 Dec 2002 16:49:19 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Filtration for Atlas base area|
Kansas Filtration for Atlas base area By Mark Scott Dec 4, 2002WAMEGO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend nearly $176,000 to install filtration devices in the homes of 25 property owners with contaminated water wells linked to the former Atlas-E Missile Base northwest of Wamego.
Corps officials recently met with these homeowners and other Wamego area residents to answer questions about the remediation project. The granular activated carbon (GAC) filtration systems are designed to remove contaminants from water such as trichlorethylene (TCE), the chlorine that was used by the U.S. Air Force to clean engines at the missile base in the early 1960s.
Joe Baker, public officers officer with the Corps, said a contract was awarded to McKinzie Contractors, Olathe, for $175,697. Baker said that number figures out to around $7,000 per household, Each GAC system has to be specifically designed to each property. Baker said the systems will be installed in the next month or so.
“We’re working as quick as we can to get there,” Baker said.Baker said the GAC filtration systems are considered a temporary solution and will be used around two to three years. One of the most viable long-term solutions would be to hook these properties up to rural water.
The contamination was detected several months ago through a series of tests conducted by the Corps and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
This article can be viewed at: http://www.themercury.com/stories/article.8636.shtml ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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