Gardner working to fix airport public restroom problems - KCTV5

Gardner working to fix airport public restroom problems

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The Gardner, KS Municipal Airport is struggling to keep up with its public restroom problems. (KCTV5) The Gardner, KS Municipal Airport is struggling to keep up with its public restroom problems. (KCTV5)
GARDNER, KS (KCTV) -

The Gardner, KS Municipal Airport is struggling to keep up with its public restroom problems.

When visitors step off the plane at the airport, they are greeted with a porta potty.

That's because the interior bathroom is closed due to a failed septic system. 

The Director of Public Works, Michael Kramer said the porta potty has been sitting there for two months. 

"The septic system had failed several times, and it recently failed. The temporary measures that we've done to mitigate that have not worked. So we put it out there as a temporary solution,” Kramer said.

A temporary solution that could be in violation of the city’s own ordinance. 

Though right now, there's no clear evidence supporting that.

"The code does require restrooms either be hooked to a septic system or if they're within 200 feet of the sewer they need to be hooked up to the sewer,” Kramer said.

The ordinance also states if it's unable to be hooked up to a sanitary sewer, it needs to provide a "water-flush system to be built or rebuilt, constructed, and maintained in such manner as to meet the requirements of construction and maintenance hereinafter described”. 

According to Kramer, being that it's a temporary solution, it won't go against the code. 

"Any situation like that would have to be evaluated by the city. We do have locations that do have porta potty’s temporarily while the permanent facilities are being constructed,” Kramer said.

He said a permanent fix is not an easy one to tackle and could take another 6-9 months. 

Kramer said right now, the city is looking at cost estimates. 

"Right now we have different engineering estimates between 130,000 and $190,000. So it's not a quick fix."  

He said the reason the septic system failed is due to the airport not being located in a good place for a septic field. 

"There's a lot of drainage that comes through the area. So storm water causes that septic system to back up, and that's really not safe for the environment,” Kramer said.

Kramer said the city is looking at other temporary solutions, though he said they'd rather have a permanent solution that serves the whole airport.

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