In 1954, old-timers like to recall, drought and heat made the much of Neosho River a dry stream bed.
Construction equipment was dispatched upstream to cut channels to permit water from deep holes to flow close enough to Iola to be processed.
In Chanute, which didn’t have dammed reservoirs comparable to Iola’s, more drastic measures were needed. Waste water, cleansed with generous helpings of chemicals, was recycled.
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