Contaminated water causing concern for some Haysville residents

The Kansas Department of Health held a public session to inform some Haysville residents of groundwater contamination Tuesday night.

It came from the former American Cleaners. The area affected stretches from Grand Avenue down to 85th Street South. About 240 properties are susceptible to the contaminated water.

KSN spent Tuesday speaking to residents about their concerns. Already, KDHE has come to talk to residents about the concerns, but Tuesday, the conversation shifted to what they plan on doing about it.

“Those properties get their water from a groundwater well, they’re not provided water by the city of Haysville,” said Tony Martinez, Haysville Public Works Director. “That’s why we were talking about the capability of the city extending our water utility down south to these properties.”

The host of the contamination is near 79th and Grand Avenue and the old dry cleaning business.

“It all started up there at that old dry cleaning spot,” said Devon Cox, Haysville resident. “We just got the water notification about three months ago, and it’s been going on for several years. We can’t obviously take a shower in bottled water because it costs too much, and it has the horrible smell and taste. You have no idea what it’s doing when it runs over your body in the shower.”

(Read more: KSN-TV)