City of Wichita officials will tour facilities of the Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) program from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. on March 29. Scheduled attendees include Wichita City Council members and City Manager Robert Layton.
Media are encouraged to attend the tour, which will update officials on progress of the ASR program.
"We're excited to brief the Council on the tremendous progress ASR is making to assure sustainability of the area’s water supply," said Joe Pajor, Interim Co-director of Public Works & Utilities.
The ASR program is a key component in the city's long-range plans to meet water needs through 2050 and is vital for restoration of the depleted Equus Beds aquifer.
The program takes flood water from the Little Arkansas River, cleans it to drinking water quality and recharges the water into the aquifer. In an extended drought, or if increased water demands occur, the city will withdraw the recharged water to meet needs.
ASR facilities and infrastructure span more than 82 square miles in northern Sedgwick and central Harvey counties. The tour will focus on the river intake and surface water treatment facilities, which are located near the city of Sedgwick, KS. For additional information, graphics and photos, visit wichitawaterproject.org.