The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will be holding six public meetings to receive oral and written comments on the Kansas Source Water Assessment Program Plan.

The federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires that KDHE prepare a source water assessment for each public water supply that produces drinking water from a well or surface water diversion from a lake or river. These assessments must be completed and submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by June 6, 2003.

The Kansas Source Water Assessment Program Plan describes how the KDHE Bureau of Water proposes to complete Kansas' source water assessment.

The public meetings are scheduled as follows:

--Salina, Jan. 24, 1 p.m., Salina Public Library, 301 West Elm.

--Chanute, Jan. 24, 10 a.m., State Office Complex, Meadowlark Room, 1500 West 7th St.

--Wichita, Jan. 24, 1:30 p.m., Finney State Office Building, Room 3080,130 S. Market.

--Hays, Jan. 25, 1 p.m., City Hall, City Council Chambers, 16th and Main.

--Dodge City, Jan. 27, 1 p.m., Dodge City Library, 1001 2nd Ave.

--Lawrence, Jan. 27, 2 p.m., Lawrence Douglas County Community Health Facility, First Floor Meeting Room, 200 Maine St.

Persons wishing to receive a copy of the program plan prior to any meeting may contact Lisa Duncan, at KDHE, at 785-296-4195.

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