A Salina water utility with long-running problems has been fined $1,000 and the Kansas Corporation Commission is suggested higher fines will be coming in the future.
The KCC levied the fine in July against Howison Heights and ordered the utility to take five steps to improve water quality. The KCC staff said Thursday most of the improvements have not been made.
Howison customers have complained of unpleasant water odor and inconsistent pressure and the state has issued boil orders because of chlorination problems.
Commissioners Jay Emler urged the KCC staff to consider a larger fine – up to $25,000 – if Howison doesn’t improve the water system within 45 days as ordered.
Howison Heights serves about 60 customers in suburban Salina.
Associated Press information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal,