Posted: Monday, 25 August 2014 5:13AM
Valley Center Projects Running Into Water Issue
VALLEY CENTER, Kan. - Valley Center has two huge recreation projects that are running into water problems. Valley Center is getting a new soccer complex and a nine hole golf that combine for 1.7 million dollars.
The eight field soccer complex will be used by hundreds of kids, but a major irrigation issue is standing in the way. KAKE News spoke with Steve Geddes of the Valley Center Recreation Commission who said the state turned down a request to drill a well and pump water into the field. "It's going to require us to be creative from an irrigation standpoint. We're just going to have to be really smart on how we water, and not waste water."
The state told the recreation commission the area's water rights were 'over appropriated', so the commission applied for a permit and will have to get by with five million gallons a year.
But the problem doesn't stop there. Geddes said they may run into a bigger irrigation issue across the field from the soccer complex where the 9 hole golf course is going. The golf course is nearly three times the size of the soccer complex. The commission is looking into only watering tee boxes and greens, but since it's a bigger plot of land, they're hoping a permit will allow more water.
Recreation commissioners said they haven't applied for a water permit for the golf course yet. Geddes told KAKE it will take around a year to go through the state's application process. The golf course is expected to be completed in 18 months. If everything goes as planned, the soccer complex will be ready this time next year.