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Q:Can pregnant women drink chloraminated water?
Yes. Everyone can drink water that contains chloramines.
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Q:Can you safely wash an open wound with chloraminated water?
Yes. It is safe to use chloraminated water in cleaning an open wound because virtually no
water actually enters the bloodstream that way.
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Q:Can you safely water plants, vegetables or fruit and nut trees with chloraminated water?
Yes. The small amount of chloramines in the water should have no effect on plants of any type.
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Q:Chloramine Public Notice March 7, 2007
For many years, public water systems have added Chloramines to drinking water as a primary or secondary disinfectant. This is because of concerns of formation of disinfection by-product as the result of using free chlorine. The City of Shawnee is conducting a pilot study to evaluate the viability of using Chloramines as post oxidant...
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Q:Do I need to buy a water softener?
Some companies sell ''water softeners'' to reduce the hardness of the water. The softener's purpose is to improve the aesthetics or ''feel'' of the water. Hard water contains high concentration of calcium compounds. The calcium in the water can deposit on faucets and shower curtains as a heavy white residue (which is most easily cleaned with a rag soaked in vinegar). Shawnee's drinking water hardness fluctuates throughout the year between 75 to 100 parts per million or 4.3 to 6.0 grains per gallon (one grain per gallon equals 17.24 parts per million). Water is considered ''hard water'' above 250 parts per million. Therefore, residents on Shawnee's water supply have soft water, and do not need a softener. By the way, even hard water is fine to use and drink without a softener.
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Q:How do I know that my water is safe to drink?
Shawnee Water Treatment Plant has trained laboratory technicians and uses the service of the ODEQ Environmental Services Laboratory to analyze the quality of the water. Personnel from the lab monitor water quality at the water plant and at homes and businesses around the city to make sure that the water is safe to drink. Sampling and analysis is done continually throughout the year to make certain that the water meets or exceeds all E.P.A. and ODEQ quality standards
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Q:How much fluoride is added to the water?
Currently we do not add flouride to the water.
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Q:If chloramines are harmful to fish, how can people safely drink the water?
Chloraminated water is no different than chlorinated water for all of the normal uses we have for water. Water that contains chloramines is totally safe to drink. The digestive process neutralizes the chloramines before they reach the bloodstream. Even kidney patients can drink and bathe in chloraminated water.
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Q:What about the 2012 Yield Study?
In 2011-2012 the City of Shawnee (City) contracted with CDM Smith to evaluate its three municipal water supply reservoirs: Twin Lakes #1 and #2 (collectively called Twin Lakes) and Wes Watkins Reservoir. The primary purpose of this project is to establish the expected water supply capacity from each reservoir when operated individually and when operated as part of a complete water supply system. Other project tasks included evaluation of each reservoir's watershed and development of drought management plan. This report documents the methods and results of the hydrologic assessment and provides recommendations for future actions.

For the purpose of this study, firm yield is defined as the average daily withdrawal from a water supply system that can be sustained through the available record of inflows without entirely depleting the system storage. The available record of inflows (1953 to 2011) includes the drought of record which is defined as the period July 1954 to April 1957. This analysis was conducted in accordance with the guidelines established in the 2012 update to the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP). Hydrologic estimates of streamflow for both of the ungaged contributing watersheds within the system were generated using transposition by area ratio method and a dynamic simulation model was used to simulate the drawdown and recovery of the multiple reservoirs.

The firm yield estimates for the Twin Lakes (in this study, Twin Lake #1 and Twin Lake #2 were modeled as a single reservoir with two connected volumes as described in Section 6.1) and Wes Watkins are presented in Table 1‐1. The table lists the firm yield of the reservoirs operating individually, and also conjunctively, in the preferred operating mode of balancing water surface elevation and constraining withdrawals to permit allowances.

Read more about the study and download the document by following the provided link.
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Q:What about water rationing?
Water conservation and rationing falls under the ordinance passed on April 17th, 2006. The ordinance provides the City Manager with authorization and direction to declare the emergency and authorize rationing as needed. The water conservation plan as outlined in this ordinance can be viewed on the WATER CONSERVATION PLAN PAGE.
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Q:What are Chloramines?
Chloramines, also known as combined chlorine, are a combination of chlorine and ammonia compounds which are used to kill potentially harmful bacteria in water.
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Q:What are the major benefits associated with chloramination?
Better disinfection in the remote areas of the water system, therefore making the water safer to drink. Chloramines greatly reduce objectionable taste and odor in the water. Chloramines have been found to be very effective at reducing levels of by-products that are normally formed with free chlorine.
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Q:What do I do if my water does not flow?
If your water unexpectedly stops, there may be a break in the underground line near your house. Crews can he reached 24 hours a day to fix broken water lines. During business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. contact Line Maintenance at 273-1960. After hours contact the Water Treatment Plant at 273-0890. Crews will be sent to repair the line.
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Q:What is the metal content of the water?
Shawnee water is surprisingly low in dissolved metals. The lake water contains negligible amounts (much less than 100 parts per billion) of Silver, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Mercury, Nickel, Lead, Thallium, Selenium, and Antimony. Small amounts (less than 5 parts per million) of naturally occurring Aluminum, Iron, Manganese Sodium, and Zinc are also present in the lake water. The treatment process removes nearly all of these metals from the drinking water. The metals content in the drinking water is always in compliance with E.P.A. guidelines.
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Q:What special precautions should fish owners take with chloraminated water?
Chloramines are toxic to fish, reptiles, turtles and amphibians, just as chlorine is toxic and must be removed. Chloramines can be removed from the water by using a water conditioner containing a dechlorinator or by using granular activated carbon.
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Q:What special precautions should kidney dialysis patients take with chloraminated water?
Chlorine and chloramines must be removed from the water used in kidney dialysis machines. There are two methods to accomplish this, by adding ascorbic acid or by using granular activated carbon treatment. Medical centers that perform dialysis are responsible for purifying the water that enters the dialysis machines. Dialysis systems already pre-treat their source water to remove chlorine. However some modifications may be necessary to remove the chloramines.
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Q:Where do I find the Consumer Confidence Reports for each year?
The Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR) are published as provided from the Utility division on the Publications and Presentations page of the Water/Wastewater system. Follow the link to view past and present reports.
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Q:Where does my water come from?
All of Shawnee’s water comes from the Shawnee Twin Lakes and Wes Watkins Reservoir. It flows by gravity from the lakes to the water treatment plant where it undergoes aggressive treatment to remove all particulates and is chlorinated to destroy any pathogens. The water is then pumped to water towers around the city and it flows by gravity to your home. The water treatment plant can treat 8.7 million gallons per day to replenish water as it is used by residents, businesses and industries.
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Q:Why are chloramines a problem for kidney dialysis patients and aquarium owners?
Chloramines are harmful when they go directly into the bloodstream. In the dialysis process, water comes in contact with the blood across a permeable membrane. Chloramines in dialysis water would be toxic, just as chlorine in dialysis water would be toxic. Fish also take chloramines directly into their bloodstreams.
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Q:Why does my water sometime taste or smell like swimming pool water
Chlorine is added to the drinking water as a disinfectant (required by Federal Law). The amount added is only enough to ensure that the water at your house is free of bacteria and parasites. Usually, this amount is about 1 milligram of chlorine for each liter of water (1 part chlorine per million parts of water). A slight chlorine odor or no odor indicates that the chlorine is working properly as a disinfectant. Some customers buy sink filters to remove the chlorine for taste reasons. This is fine, but do not let the filtered water set too long since it no longer has its disinfecting abilities.
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Q:Why does my water sometimes look brown?
Brown water occurs when normal sediments in the water lines become agitated. Agitation can occur when the lines are turned off for repairs or when a line breaks. The brown color is from iron (rust) particles that come off the pipes with age. Although it is undesirable, the water is safe to drink. The color can stain white clothes in the washing machine. Try to eliminate the brown color by running your cold water for 15 to 20 minutes (run from an outside faucet). If the color does not go away, contact line maintenance and they will send a worker out to flush the brown water out of the lines at a nearby fire hydrant.
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Q:Why does my water sometimes look ''milky'' or ''cloudy''?
Cloudy water is usually the result of dissolved air in the water lines. Air may be introduced into the lines as a result of line repairs or fire hydrant operations. This condition is usually temporary, although it may take several hours for the air to dissipate in the lines. To check if the cloudy water is due to dissolved air, fill a glass with water and leave it on a counter for a few minutes. The water should become clear again. Cloudy water of this type is safe to use.
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Q:Will chloramines be removed by boiling the water?
No. Boiling is not an effective method of removing chloramines from water.
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Q:Will chloramines dissipate, or dissolve, out of the water?
No. Unlike chlorine, which dissipates when water sits for a few days, chloramines may take weeks to dissipate.
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Q:Will there be any noticeable changes with chloraminated water?
When the chloraminated water first flushes out the chlorinated water there may be a slight taste and odor, and possibly discoloration for a short period of time. This will not compromise the safety of the water. Try running your water taps for a few minutes to flush it out.
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CITY MANAGERS OFFICE/Justin Erickson, Interim Manager
• Attended the Visit Shawnee, Inc. regular meeting
• Attended the EXPO Board Regular meeting
• Met individually with Mayor Mainord and City Commissioners to discuss various topics
• Met with appropriate staff to discuss major projects underway including: pool, splash pad, trails and major commercial development
• Attended the PCDA meeting
• Attended the Downtown Task Force meeting
• Met with retreat facilitator and organized City Commission Retreat
• Met with owner representative of Shawnee Mall and discussed current and future operations
• Attended the SEDF Board meeting
• Attended the Chamber Board meeting
• Met with Shawnee Public Schools to discuss school facilities and potential projects

• Rehab Asphalt Streets Project - Contractor will be performing the overlay of Pecan Grove west of Hwy. 102 in March according to the County Commissioner.
• Shawnee Marketplace - Storm sewer installation complete. All paving has been placed with the exception of the approach at the Chick-Fil-A intersection. Joint sealing has not been performed. Installation of the signals at the new intersection is underway. Upgrade of existing signals complete at Commercial Drive. Removal for widening of Commercial Drive underway. Grading areas for remaining sidewalks.
• COS-PW-13-01 Sidewalk/ADA Handicap Ramps Project (Bryan Trail) - 6’ sidewalk along MacArthur to Bryan complete. Construction of 10’ trail along Bryan beginning at MacArthur and continuing south. Placed driveway at 2010 N. Bryan.
• Vision Bank Property Channel Improvements- All concrete has been placed for the twin 8’ x 5’ drainage structure. Grading of channel bottom underway and portions of the bottom have been formed and steel is in place.
• Hyatt Addition- Clearing and grubbing underway for next phase of the public improvements. Construction staking and rough grading underway. Met with Ross Morris and the dirt contractor and informed them that the silt fencing/storm water prevention facilities need to be installed as soon as possible. Sanitary sewer installation scheduled to begin next week.
• Union Sidewalk – MacArthur to Middle School- Obtained survey from street widening project and will create cross-sections of ground for sidewalk placement and grading.
• Main Street Streetscape Project- Had a meeting with ODOT to go over preliminary comments with them. We are awaiting for ODOT to complete their environmental impact report/study so that we can proceed. Finalizing landscaping & irrigation plans, and have received OGEs cost proposal for providing and installing decorative lighting for project. Tentative schedule is to be in position to advertise the project for bids by late April-early May timeframe with construction starting later this summer.
• Boy Scout Park Splash Pad Project- City Commission authorized letting the project for bids, and also authorized staff to purchase the water feature equipment and apparatus directly from the manufacturer. Upon finalizing plan drawings and bid documents, we will get the project let for bids with the Bid Opening scheduled for March 16th, with a Notice to Proceed being issued to the Contractor effective March 23rd. Tentative completion of construction and installation of equipment is set for May 12th, barring any bad weather or unforeseen delays.
• Receipt of two Preliminary Plats- that staff is currently reviewing. One is for Tamarack housing development to be located at the Northeast Corner of Independence & Elm, and the other one is for Cooper Commercial Development located immediately east of the KFC and Holiday Inn Express off of Mall Drive.

• Draft Emergency Operations Plan update files were prepared and sent to all City and County Stakeholders for review. There will be a planning team meeting in February and individual stakeholders meetings in March to review each chapter of the document and make changes.
• The county-wide Hazard Mitigation Plan draft has been updated following a meeting between EM staff, the planning contractor, County Commissioner Thomas, and State EM Hazard Mitigation Team. The draft was submitted to the State for review and re-submission to FEMA Region 6 for approval.
• A transmitter building has been secured and delivery date set for the North Kickapoo Water Tower repeater site project.
• 1100 applications were received. 204 awards have been made. We are reserving 4 award slots until after notices have been sent to those not awarded a rebate in case we did not make an award to someone who was eligible for Phases 1 or 2 because of incomplete information on the registration report we received. We have selected potential recipients for those 4 remaining slots. Several telephone calls from award recipients have been handled by staff. Fifty notices to proceed have been issued so far.
• Attended the Central Oklahoma Emergency Management Conference in OKC on November 5-7
• Registered 6 private storm shelters in database
• Prepared weekly drought report/weather forecast for County Commissioners Meetings- Attended same

UTILITY DEPARTMENT/Steve Nelms, Director
• PWSC Emergency Generator Project SMA-15-04 - Bids will be opened at the commission meeting on February 17th, 2015. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for February 3rd, 2015.
• Tennessee Lift Station Rehab Project SMA-15-03 - Bids will be opened at the commission meeting on February 17th, 2015. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for February 3rd, 2015.
• Tennessee Waterline Looping Project - In house project. Installed three 6” valves and laid in 260’ C900 pvc water line. We made two service connections one of which increased water pressure to 503 S. Tennessee. By making this loop, we eliminated the dead end main on Tennessee between Forrest and Federal.
• Southside Waste Water Treatment Plant Emergency Generator Project SMA-15-05 - Currently in the engineering phase.
• St. Anthony’s Hospital Waterline Replacement - This is an in house project. The project is 90% complete.
• Shawnee Market - Sewer line has been fully installed and tested. Recommending acceptance. Water line around the main complex has had bac-t samples taken. Awaiting results.
Repair and Restoration of River Bank Failure at the WTP - This project was completed on August 18th, 2014. On August 22nd SRB and SMA staff did a final inspection on the project. The pond will not hold water and currently is under review between Contractor, SRB, and SMA.

AIRPORT/Keenan English, Assistant Airport Manager
• SAA approved a lease with Red Cloud Aviation, LLC to rent the Bodard Hangar. Red Cloud provides maintenance, flight instruction, aircraft management.
• Oklahoma Airport Operators Association quarterly meeting was held Jan. 21, 2015 – Edmond. Yearly conference is March 8th in Tulsa.
• FAA-AIP-3-0040-0088-16-2015, rotating beacon, apron lighting, and AWOS. Project is waiting for FAA approval. AWOS phase I benefit cost analysis complete and approved by FAA.
• Independent engineering firm has been hired to provide an independent fee analysis on cost estimates for projects.
• Disadvantaged Business Enterprise has been approved and published.
• Airport has replaced cables on bi folding doors and have replaced all lights and ballasts in the Bodard Hangar.
• New outdoor and indoor security cameras have been installed.
• Large door springs have been replaced on Bob O’Connor’s hangar
• New parts for fuel farm have been received and scheduled for installation. Parts include a water defense system for Jet fuel tank.

PARKS/CEMETERY/EQUIPMENT SERVICES/James Bryce, Director of Operations
• Municipal Swimming Pool - Contractor is moving along with the concrete work, warmer temps are allowing the contractor to pour concrete. With the award of the parking and drive project, contractor is having to move items around to allow for the other contractor to have room to work. Branco, the pool contractor, has been working 4 – 10 hour days a week but are going to 5 – 10 hour days. Contractor’s monthly meeting will be Thursday February 26th at 1:00 pm at the pool.
• Boyscout Splash Pad- Staff is asking to go out for bid on this project February 2, 2015. The project has received one grant so far from the Avedis Foundation for $203,293.75. Staff is still waiting to hear from the TSET Foundation for $110,000.00, the pool committee will provide $50,000.00, and the City will pick up the remaining $43,293.75. Project is scheduled to be completed in late May or Early June.
• Certified Healthy Communities- Staff has submitted the grant material for the TSET money. If awarded, the funding will go towards the Splash Pad Project in Boy Scout Park, we will not hear on this until after their board meeting on February 20th.
• Alternative Fuels- Staff has joined up with the Central Oklahoma Clean Cities as a stakeholder in hopes to be able to apply for grant monies to convert city vehicles to natural gas or propane. Stakeholders consist of individuals that work in the field of CNG/LPG, install equipment, operate converted equipment, or are looking into and tracking conversion data. Fleet maintenance has a meeting set up with LPG individuals to look at some of our equipment for quotes on conversion. Through information learned at the COCC meetings, staff has made the decision to hold off on conversions for a couple of more years. This is based on our ROI from our conversions; we need to convert vehicles running 35000 miles per year to which we do not have. On another note, we have been paying a lot less for gas and diesel leaving extra money in the budget that could be used for conversions. Staff is looking at this and hope to be able to convert a few vehicles.
• KABOOM grant/YMCA partnership- The YMCA is back in the running for funding on the KABOOM grant. As soon as a funding partner is found, the YMCA and the City will coordinate installation.
• Kiwanis park restroom project at the lake- Canadian Valley Electric has agreed to put in the electric service here as long as the City clears the ROW for them. The process has been started through DEQ for the septic system and well. Staff is working with the Kiwanis group to develop a plan and how much funding will come from each. The DEQ process will take 3 months for their review.
• Parks Master Plan- We are about 2 ½ weeks out of the Master Plan survey being delivered to the selected residents. After all responses are in, it should take about another 4 weeks to compile the data.
• Other Projects of Importance
o New Lake Maintenance Building
o Engineering for the Heat and Air at the Auditorium
o New restroom facility at Boy Scout Park

EXPOSITION CENTER/Mike Jackson, Operations Manager
• January 3, OPCA Pig Show, Otto Krausse Building, approximately 800 people
• January 4, Central Area Church of Christ, Conference Center, 600 people
• January 10, OCCRA Motorcross Banquet, Conference Center, 580 people
• January 10, Outlaw Motor Sports, Fred Humphrey Pavilion Section G, approximately 400 people
• January 16-18, Triangle Horse Sale, Otto Krausse Building & Fred Humphrey Pavilion
• 733 head of horses sold, approximately 5000 people for 3 day sale
• January 17, Oklahoma Turkey Federation Banquet, Conference Center, 200 people
• January 21, St. Anthony’s PAL, 80 people
• January 23-25, Red Dirt Agility Club Dog Show, Fred Humphrey Pavilion Section G, approximately 300 people
• January 23, City Commission Retreat, Conference Center
• January 31-February 1, HOYRA Youth Rodeo, Fred Humphrey Pavilion, approximately 600 people for 2 day rodeo

• Staff met with developers and consultants to discuss potential future and current development projects.
• Staff continues to be very involved in downtown revitalization efforts and attends that monthly merchant meetings and the Chamber’s Downtown Taskforce.
• Building inspections staff remain busy with a very high volume of permit requests and inquiries. There are numerous large construction projects underway throughout the community.
• The Shawnee Urban Renewal Authority met and approved several rehabilitation projects.
• The Department issued 51 permits for new single-family homes in 2014.
• Staff continues work on revising the City’s Subdivision and Development Standards.
• Prepared draft of a Downtown Maintenance Ordinance for review by the Downtown Task Force.
• The City condemned two structures on January 8. Thirty-four structures were condemned in 2014. A total of 158 structures have been condemned since 2011.
• The Action Center is currently investigating the following complaints:
o Dilapidated Buildings: 36 active cases
o Derelict Vehicles: 2 active cases
o Junk/Trash: 30 active cases
o Tall Grass/Weeds: 20 active cases

FINANCE DEPARTMENT/Cynthia Sementelli, Finance
• Prepare sales tax report
• Did an analysis on use tax/sales tax
• Began setting up budget documents
• Prepared for airport meeting
• Met with HUD in Oklahoma City
• Met with City Manager and Engineer concerning pool parking lot
• Met with Interim City Manager concerning retreat
• Completed the 425’s for CDBG
• Met with James Bryce and Interim City Manager concerning splash pad
City Clerk
• Preparation of agendas and minutes for City Commission & Authorities regular and special called meetings.
• Normal routine duties including tort claims, management of archived records, research of records for staff and Commissioners, distribution of payroll, preparation of inbound/outbound mail, and overseeing insurance on vehicles and property owned by the City of Shawnee.
Utility Billing/Customer Service
• Routine customer service/billing, water and sewer transactions and issues involving payment arrangements, cut-offs, past-due collections and sanitation.

INFORMATION SYSTEMS/Steve Nolen, Chief Information Officer
• Continued project review / management for master projects
o Remote VPN Router Replacements – PD Gym/Etc Point need cabling review/modem testing
o TCM Imaging Solution Project – Final vendor review/training to be scheduled for enterprise roll
o NSA 2600 High Availability VPN Router – Primary HA Router Deployed, Secondary Unit being configured for high availability deployment.
o Fiber Data Backup Network Deployment – Fiber cabling received, scheduling network buildout
o Mobile Device Management Deployment – MDM Deploy continues on new/touched devices
o Web Server Migration – Virtual migration completed, performance enhanced
o GeoSafe Fire Mobile – Fire Hydrant data provided to vendor, waiting for deployment
o GeoSafe Police Mobile – Deployments continue, OLETS diagram completed, server setup next
o Police AVL Solution – Geosafe deployed on majority of systems, PD Chief to dictate usage
o Global/Firehouse Interface – Changes to design criteria by Fire, new code being tested
o Ch3 Video Server Replacement – Scheduled review later this year
o XP System Migration – Migration / replacement continues
o Dispatch Center Move – Waiting for cable tray and equipment for wiring project
o Thin Client Deployment – Continued testing of devices for local/remote deployments
o Valve Exercise Data Tracking – Technical info/contacts with vendor completed, reviewing
o HR Policy Deployment Web App – In development review stage
o Stoplight Controller Connectivity – Equipment obtained and modified for mounting, to be deployed
o IT Vehicle Replacement – Options reviewed with Equipment Services, working with Admin
o Airport DVR System Deployment – Completed, playback issues on remote location to review
o Annex DVR System Replacement – Waiting for equipment from Vendor for deployment
o Dispatch Access Control Deployment – Waiting on construction in Dispatch for vendor schedule
o North City Hall Door Access Control Deployment – Waiting for vendor to advise scheduling
o A Better Light Presentation Project – Outline proposal being drafted for process presentation
o New Hire Orientation Video Series – Waiting on HR and Vendor to develop product for deploy
o Promotional On Hold Audio – Project on hold due to budget questions and content
o Dispatch Camera Update Project – Waiting to review options with PD Chief before contacting vendor
o SQL Server Migration – Research / Design of server in progress
o Public Safety Server Room Upgrades – Planning on outside vendor separation, four post install

FIRE DEPARTMENT/Dru Tischer, Interim Chief
Responded to 493 emergency calls broken down by type below:
• Fires: 27
• Rescue & EMS: 357
• Hazardous conditions: 12
• Service Calls: 27
• Good Intent Calls: 47
• False Alarms: 21
• Overpressure Rupture, Explosion: 1
Fire Prevention
Plan Reviews
• None
New Construction Inspections
• 3 various locations
Requested / Administrative Inspections:
• 5 various locations
Permits and On-Site Inspections
• 2 various locations

• Police reports: 533 / arrests: 205
Total Citations: 354 Handwritten Citations: 191 E-Citations: 163 Traffic Accidents: 41
• Dispatch managed 7,126 calls (Police/Fire/EMS calls dispatched only)
• Police Officers - 59 / 2 Officers at Academy/1 waiting to go/ 56 available
• Dispatch positions - 15 / 14 available for service /3 in training status/ 1 open position
• Animal Control Positions - 4 / 3 available for service


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Interesting Water Facts

You probably use more water each day than you suspect.

Action Gallons
Flushing the toilet 1-5 gallons
Running the faucet 1-5 gallons / minute
Taking a Shower 2-10 gallons / minute
Filling a bathtub half full 20-50 gallons
Running the dishwasher At least 15 gallons
Running the washing machine (clothes) Up to 50 gallons
Real Time Lake Level Data

Multi‐Reservoir Yield and Operations Analysis- The Multi‐Reservoir Yield and Operations Analysis study is now available. Click here to view the document.

Real Time Lake Level Data



Lake Level Gauge Lake Level Gauge

The gauges at the right displays the most recent Shawnee Lake No.1 and Wes Watkins level based on real time USGS data. You can view more data and information on the Shawnee Lake No 1 levels as well as view recent historical level information by visiting the USGS Shawnee lake site. Note this is an external site not managed by the City of Shawnee.

Another useful online site is the US Drought Monitor that tracks current drought conditions across the United States and can be used to visualize the current issues.
Most people are not aware that there is a USGS Shawnee Lake Weather Station set up at the Twin Lakes to record weather data for the area. Visit it to get temperature, precipitation, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, and barametric pressure of the lake area.

Every Drop Counts!
Did you know that the average American uses 100 gallons of water every day? But we can all reduce that amount by as much as 30 gallons by taking a few simple steps, such as installing WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures and using water efficiently in our yards.
City of Shawnee/Shawnee Municipal Authority is committed to protecting the future of our national and local water supply through water-efficient practices, products, and services. That is why we are partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring to you WaterSense, a national program that offers people a simple way to make product choices that use less water—and perform as well or better than your existing products.

Why Should You Care?
Using water efficiently will conserve supplies for future generations.

Protecting and preserving the nation’s water supply is critical to our economic future and human health.

  • WaterSense labeled products and services perform as well as or better than their less efficient counterparts.
  • Purchasing WaterSense labeled products can help you protect the environment and help you save money on utility bills.
  • Test Your WaterSense

Think you know everything there is to know about water? You can’t be sure until you’ve played EPA’s “Test Your WaterSense” online quiz! Test Your Water Sense  Maneuver the water-efficiency hero Hydro through water pipes and answer water-efficiency questions while avoiding water-wasting monsters such as Sogosaurus and Drainiac.

WaterSense Labeled Products

Stay tuned as WaterSense labeled products become available at a store near you! EPA maintains an online directory of labeled products Water Sense Product Index 

Learn More
Why water efficiency?   Learn about the benefits of water-efficiency and find links to related resources and state programs. Water Sense Tips
It is our goal to provide sufficient and safe water at the lowest possible cost to the citizens of Shawnee. 

   The City of Shawnee utilizes the Shawnee Twin Lakes and Wes Watkins Reservoir as its raw water source. They have an estimated combined storage of 34,000 acre feet with a surface area of 2,436 acres and dependable yield of 4.3 MGD. The Wes Watkins reservoir has increased the raw water available to the community.   Wes Watkins estimated storage is 11,581 acre feet of water at Normal (municipal) Pool elevations; at its flood pool elevation, the reservoir volume will be 21,869 acre feet and the surface area will be 1,640 acres. The Pottawatomie County Development Authority is the owner and developer of this project in partnership with the City of Shawnee. The dependable yield of the Wes Watkins reservoir is 4.5 MGD. Water from the three lakes will be used on a rotating basis to protect the water rights and provide for the needs of the City, PCDA and other users.

The City of Shawnee has four water storage towers with a total capacity of 2.5 million gallons.




The Wastewater Collection Division, with a staff of 7 maintains 135 miles of sewer mains, and ten lift stations. This includes repair and replacement of sewer mains, manholes, and video inspection of sewer mains. One crew spends eight hours every day jet cleaning sewer mains to keep them flowing properly. This division has flushed millions of feet of sewer line over the years.

The Water Treatment Plant produces an average 4.4 million gallons of potable water each day. The water treatment facility is located on south Kickapoo near the North Canadian River.  The first plant was originally built in 1895.

The Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant increased to 3.0 million gallons per day by a $3,500,000 project completed in June, 1997. The plant currently treats an average of 1.59 MGD of wastewater each day, much of which comes from the industrial area located in the northern area of Shawnee. As a part of the Northside Plant expansion a new interceptor line was installed from Wolverine Road and Harrison to the plant. That project eliminated a lift station and provided increased capacity to the industrial areas north of the plant. Improvements at the plant included two new clarifiers, increased sludge digestor capacity, a new chlorine basin and chemical building.

The Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant currently treats an average of 2.27 million gallons of wastewater each day. It has a capacity of 3.0 MGD. The Southside Treatment Plant serves the area south of the ridge line that divides the city. This includes the central business district and the major residential areas of the City. Both plants have excess capacity. The population equivalent of the treatment plants is 46,000.

The Industrial Pretreatment Program was approved by EPA in 1983 and revised in 1993. Objectives of the program include the following:  

    1. Prevent the introduction of pollutants into the POTW which will pass through or interfere with the treatment operations and/or the use or disposal of the municipal sludge;
    2. Improve the feasibility of recycling and reclaiming municipal and industrial wastewater and sludge;
    3. Enforce applicable Federal Categorical Standards and requirements; and
    4. Generally, to reduce the health and environmental risk of pollutants discharged to the wastewater collection and treatment system.

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