The ribbon cutting for the City of Wichita’s Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) program scheduled for Sept. 6 has been postponed to a future date.
“The weather has not cooperated in enabling the contractor to fully prove out the facility,” explained Alan King, the City’s director of public works. “We will celebrate the opening of ASR when it is complete and completely tested. Unfortunately, that won’t happen as soon as we thought.”
Recent rainfall ended the prolonged local drought, and allowed ASR testing to begin. However, it was insufficient to complete the process, King said. Announcement of a new date will be made once the facility testing has been fully completed.
The ASR program is a key component in the City's long-range plan to assure citizens' water needs are met through 2050, and is vital for restoration of the depleted Equus Beds aquifer.
The ASR facility will take flood water from the Little Arkansas River, clean it to drinking water quality, and recharge the water into the aquifer. In an extended drought, or if increased water demands occur, the City will withdraw the recharged water to avoid shortages.
ASR facilities and infrastructure are spread over 82 square miles in northern Sedgwick and central Harvey Counties.