Archive for Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Purchased water revives football field

August 14, 2002

There's more than one way to water a football field.

With a city outdoor watering ban in its fourth week and the area still struggling with a drought, Beatty Field in Tongan-oxie has struggled through the harsh summer.

Drill team members practiced their routines Friday morning near a
water truck that was delivering water to be sprayed on Tonganoxie
High School's Beatty Field.

Drill team members practiced their routines Friday morning near a water truck that was delivering water to be sprayed on Tonganoxie High School's Beatty Field.

But, the field is finally getting water and Tonganoxie High School's home turf is looking better. Suburban Water, Basehor, brought in a tanker to water the field.

Last week, 24,000 gallons of water hit the field over two days. Suburban Water's Andrew Breuer, who is also an assistant for the THS football team, said the company is still working on how much the water will cost the school district.

Richard Erickson, Tonganoxie superintendent, was content with the field's progress.

"At least there's some green on the field," he said. "Hopefully it will be sufficient to maintain growth we've had and stimulate some growth with the recent seeding."

And this week's rain should help.

Rye grass was seeded at the field in mid-July, but recent conditions have hindered its progress.

School officials were concerned about keeping the newly seeded field healthy through the ban, but a solution apparently has been found.

"We'll continue to bring water in as long as the drought exists," Erickson said.

Suburban Water will continue to supply the field until the ban is lifted, but the quantity could fluctuate, depending on rainfall amounts.

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