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April 2021 Drinking Water Violation

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

Treatment Technique Not Met for CITY OF OSAWATOMIE

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard.  Although this is not an emergency, as our customers you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

Water systems with surface water and / or groundwater under the influence of surface water treatment plants are required by federal rule to monitor the water every month for Total Organic Carbon (TOC), which is a disinfection by-product precursor.  Compliance is determined each calendar quarter by a 12-month running annual average (RAA).  For TOC, we are required to meet a removal efficiency that is dependent on the source TOC as well as the alkalinity.

You do not need to use an alternative (e.g., bottled) water supply.  However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

What does this mean?

This is not an immediate risk. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately.  TOC has no health effects.  However, TOC provides a medium for the formation of disinfection by-products such as Trihalomethanes (TTHM) and Haloacetic Acids (HAA).  Drinking water containing HAA or TTHM in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) may lead to adverse health effects, liver or kidney problems, and may lead to an increased risk of getting cancer. 

What happened? What is being done?

Our source water organic levels were uncharacteristically low for several quarters in a row.  Removal efficiency gets more and more difficult to reach the cleaner the source water gets.  We are currently running tests with the current source water to reach maximum efficiency possible. 

We anticipate resolving the problem by the next quarter.  Due to the running annual average, it may take 1-2 quarters to get the average back up over 1.00.

For more information, please contact:   

MICHAEL SCANLON
913-755-2146

Or by Mail:
509 5TH ST
PO BOX 37
OSAWATOMIE, KS 66064

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you by CITY OF OSAWATOMIE.

Federal ID #:  KS2012105

Date distributed: 04/30/2021

Ordinance 3783 – Requiring the Wearing of Masks in Public Spaces

“On July 9, 2020, the City Council passed Ordinance No. 3783. The Ordinance requires the wearing of masks or other face coverings in public spaces; addresses the requirements of persons, businesses, organizations, and non-profit associations; outlines specific exemptions from the requirement of wearing masks or other face coverings; and addresses the penalties for a first, second, and any subsequent violations of the Ordinance. A complete copy of the Ordinance can be found at www.osawatomieks.org or in the office of the City Clerk, 509 5th Street. This summary is certified by the City Attorney.”

This Ordinance will go into effect on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 after publication in our local newspaper.

Now, what does this mean for you as a citizen of Osawatomie? Some of you may not notice a change in routine as many of these places had already implemented similar restrictions for their guests.

Restaurants:

Dine-In: You’ll be required to wear a face covering when you enter the restaurant and while you wait for your table. Once you’re seated at your table with your family or friends, you may remove your face covering and enjoy your meal or beverage. When you’ve finished, the face covering goes back on, you pay your bill, and exit the restaurant. Your face covering can be removed once you’re outside, and you are not required to wear one in your vehicle.

Takeout: You’ll be required to wear a face covering when you enter the restaurant and while you wait for your takeout meal. Your face covering can be removed once you’re outside, and you are not required to wear one in your vehicle.

Retail:

You’ll be required to wear a face covering when you enter a retail business in Osawatomie, and wear it for the duration of your shopping trip. Once you’ve left the business after your purchase, you may remove your face covering and continue on your day.

Recreation:

Face coverings are only required in outdoor public space when social distancing of 6ft cannot be maintained. For instance, if you’re on a walk or run you do not need to wear a face covering. Face coverings should not be worn while swimming at a public pool, but are required for those sunbathing or using the pool facilities (concession stand or restrooms), when 6ft of distance cannot be maintained at all times. “Public space” means any indoor or outdoor space or area that is open to the public; this does not include private residential property or private offices or workspaces that are not open to customers or public visitors.

Other Facilities:

Face coverings are required when indoors of any public space (including banks, churches, City-owned facilities, etc.) when 6ft of social distancing cannot be maintained at all times. “Public space” means any indoor or outdoor space or area that is open to the public; this does not include private residential property or private offices or workspaces that are not open to customers or public visitors.

Enforcement:

Our enforcement approach is aimed at being educational rather than antagonistic. We want to educate people on the importance of face coverings during a pandemic, and what the risks are to both public health and our economy should people decide to ignore it.

We’ve developed an online form (found here) that allows people to submit noncompliance from businesses or individuals, and City staff will contact those with violations. Hopefully, after meaningful discussion, that first violation will be the only violation and we won’t have to revisit with them. However, for those who continue to fall into noncompliance, we will issue them a citation on their third violation with an associated fine of $25. On their fourth violation, a citation and fine of $50. For every subsequent violation, another citation and fine of $100.

PLEASE do not call law enforcement about face covering noncompliance, except in cases of actual emergency.

Goals:

The goal of this Ordinance is to take a proactive approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than a reactive one. The state of Kansas has seen sharply rising rates of infection and larger outbreaks of community spread in recent weeks, and this Ordinance hopes to keep Osawatomie’s hard-fought low numbers from seeing the same spike. We cannot prevent the virus 100%, but we can slow it down and help keep our more at-risk populations a little safer.

There is also significant consideration being given to the possibility that a continued, sharp increase in positive cases could trigger another statewide stay-at-home order which would force our already struggling local business into another indefinite period of shutdown. We want to do everything we can to avoid that and this Ordinance, and others like it popping up in cities across the state, is one of the tools that can help navigate us away from even stricter regulations from our State leaders.

For complete information on this Ordinance, including full information on exemptions, please visit www.osawatomieks.org.

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Direct Links:
Ordinance No. 3783 PDF
Reporting Form

Municipal Court Guides to Zoom Hearings

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Court to make many changes to keep the public safe. We have drastically reduced the number of in person hearings. Almost all hearings will be held by video conference. Please review this information before your video hearing. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the Court Clerk at 913-755-3695.

Municipal Court Guide for those WITH an Attorney (PDF)
Municipal Court Guide for those WITHOUT an Attorney (PDF)

Governor Kelly’s “Ad Astra” Reopening Plan

The City of Osawatomie will follow the phases laid out in this plan, including any amendments and adjustments made after the original publication. All businesses, activities, and recreation venues located in Osawatomie are expected to follow these guidelines.