So the city of Wichita will start making all leaks in water mains a “top priority,” to quote a recent front-page headline in The Eagle about one aspect of the city’s new internal water conservation plan. That’s a smart step but also a head-scratcher – as to how a city that has been warning for months about Cheney Reservoir running dry by 2015 could let a water main leak of any size go unattended for up to two weeks. Residents can report water main breaks or leaks by calling 316-262-6000. Speaking of priorities, city leaders also need to identify where they’re going to find $2.1 billion over the next 30 years to repair and upgrade the water and sewer systems.
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