Salina has a source of drinking water with an adequate supply for years in the future, but city officials are facing problems of a deteriorating delivery system.

Waterlines that have been used for more than a half century are obsolete and in need of replacing, the City Council was told.The meeting also involved representatives of Sunrise Engineering in Fillmore, which contracted to complete a preliminary study of Salina's culinary water system.

Mayor Nyals Andreason said some of the city's waterlines are only 2 and 4 inches in diameter and there is a need for larger ones. Also, water pressure is inadequate in the business sector south of the city near I-70.

Study sessions are being planned by the City Council to consider proposals and preliminary costs that have been outlined by the engineering firm. Council members must also explore a source of revenue to pay for upgrading the culinary water system.

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Mayor Nyals Andreason said public hearings will be conducted so that residents will be better informed about the problems and to give them a chance for input. He concluded that solving the water problems is "a number one priority."

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