Concerns over the amount of water consumed this past season at the McPherson Water Park has led the City of McPherson to consider hiring out a consulting firm to investigate the issue.
Public Lands and Facilities Director Wayne Burns says that Water Aquatics Design was the only firm who responded to a call for bids for the project.
“They will come in and investigate, analyze, assess the findings and do the documentation of what we need to do,” Burns said. “We have doubled the consumption of water [over last year].”
Burns says the cost of the scope of work service is around $27,000. That doesn't cover the cost to fix whatever issue that Water Aquatics Design finds.
McPherson Mayor Tom Brown says it is a necessary expense.
“We don't want to be misusing water and we want to conserve as much water as we can,” Brown said.
The consulting firm would start work as soon as they could to identity the issue, as well as any other recommendations for improvements of current conditions and facilities.