The water utility manages the city’s distribution system, water towers, and treatment works. There are 11 full-time employees in this utility and two seasonal or part time. Typical tasks performed include repairing leaks, replacing and flushing lines, along with operation and maintenance of the treatment plant. 

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Distribution & Treatment

Water distribution and treatment has been a part of the Chanute’s history since 1894. In 2012, a valve dated 1922, was found during a leak repair. That valve is still working and in use. The current treatment plant was put online in 1951, and updated in 1970. A previous plant can be seen off of Highway 39 at the East River Bridge.