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Relocating Existing Infrastructure

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Proposed construction for new development may require alterations to WaterOne’s existing infrastructure, including water mains, fire hydrants, etc. This includes direct impact to WaterOne’s infrastructure or indirect conflict by hindering WaterOne from safely accessing its facilities for maintenance, repair, or operation.

The developer/property owner may be required to enter into an additional agreement (i.e. Memo Contract) with WaterOne to cover the costs of relocating existing facilities to accommodate the proposed construction. Easements may also be required to accommodate the relocated WaterOne infrastructure. WaterOne will evaluate whether the main will require relocation.

Please refer to the following guidelines to minimize conflicts:

  1. The placement of buildings, monuments, traffic signal or light poles, retaining walls, or other miscellaneous above- or below-ground structures within private easement should be avoided.
  2. WaterOne will need to review any proposed grading operations which will result in a cut or fill of more than (1) foot either above a water main or anywhere within private easement limits to determine if a main needs to be relocated.  This includes landscaping berms and drainage swales. 
  3. WaterOne will need to review all plans for significant temporary grading, fly ash tilling, material stockpiling, or blasting operations to make sure there are no conflicts with or the potential to damage existing infrastructure. 
  4. Storm sewers and other utilities are not permitted to run parallel close to WaterOne mains.  WaterOne will also need to review perpendicular crossings of storm sewers or other large underground piping.
  5. Do not plant large hardwood trees such as elms and oaks within private easements.  These trees are not compatible with our need to access and maintain our facilities.  If you have a request or requirement from a local city planning department, please provide us with their contact information so that we may have a preliminary discussion before any detailed landscape design begins.  Dwarf or other decorative tree varieties are generally acceptable as long as they are not placed directly over water mains or planted too close together.
  6. WaterOne is not a Tier 1 member of Kansas One-Call, and its facilities will not be located through the standard One-Call locate process.  Locates for WaterOne facilities must be requested directly from WaterOne at 913/895-1806.  If a locate request for new development design seems to be incomplete or inconsistent with GIS data, contact Jan Hardie at 913/895-5775.
  7. Vacuum locating should be performed by the engineering consultant or property owner as required to determine the exact location and depth of existing water transmission or distribution mains.  WaterOne will provide GIS water maps and as-built drawings if available, but the accuracy of these documents is never guaranteed to be reliable without field verification. 
  8. WaterOne’s standard approach for designing main extensions is to minimize the installation of public water mains and hydrants on private property.  We generally avoid the installation of permanent, dead-end main extensions on private property or looping public mains around private buildings. 

To Submit

Plans for review may be submitted on a disc or by email to jhardie@waterone.org. Plans submitted via email must be in standard PDF format with a maximum size of 30 mb. For IT security reasons, WaterOne cannot accept zip files or files via external download links such as Dropbox.

Please include the following:

  • Name, mailing address, telephone numbers, and email of the developer/property owner. If the property owner is not an individual, include the type of legal entity, name and title of authorized agent, and contact information.
    • If someone other than the property owner will be entering into the agreement, provide similar information as indicated for the developer/property owner.
  • Name of general contractor for your project, project superintendent and phone numbers (including construction trailer, facsimile, mobile, pager, etc.).
  • Site geotechnical information, if any.
  • Overall site plan and proposed utility plan.
  • Street, sanitary sewer and storm sewer plans, including plan-profiles and cross-sections.
  • Grading plan, including any berms.
  • Landscaping plans, including any entrance markers or monuments.
  • Erosion and sediment control plans.
  • All existing utilities.
    • Minimum SUE level D (Refer to Construction Institute/American Society of Civil Engineers publication 38-02, Standard Guidelines for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data).

NOTE: If all existing utilities are not shown, the design and estimate could be adversely affected. 


Questions? Contact Us 

Jan Hardie
Lead Relocation Engineer
Email: jhardie@waterone.org
Phone: 913/895-5775
Fax: 913/895-1827

Mailing Address:
WaterOne
Attn: Jan Hardie
10747 Renner Blvd.
Lenexa, KS 66219