State-of-the-Art Facility Provides Water for Irrigation and Industry Uses
The City is nearing completion of the Wichita Water Utilities (WWU) Mid-Continent Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) located at the south end of the Wichita Mid Continent Airport property near K-42 HWY and Tyler Road. Members of the media are welcome to view the facility at 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 19th. The media tour will be given by the City and CDM, design engineer and Grimm Construction, general contractor.
The facility will address sewer capacity needs for the west and southwest sides of Wichita. It will also reduce the odor potential and collection system capacity issues in the south part of the City.
“The Mid-Continent WRF represents an innovative solution to the sewer capacity issues, regulatory requirements, public concerns, environmental/water quality and water stewardship,” said Jade Dundas, Superintendent of Sewage Treatment and WWU Assistant Director. “It will provide value-added benefits to the area in regard to available sewer service and reuse water for existing industry and future aviation-related developments near the Airport. The water quality from this state-of-the-art facility will be excellent for a variety of non-potable applications.”
The facility is entirely enclosed in a building to comply with FAA safety and security regulations. The total cost of the facility is $22 million; less costly than other similarly-sized new facilities in the Midwest. The facility will utilize membrane filtration, allowing the plant footprint to be much smaller – only 30% of that of a conventional treatment facility – while producing reuse water that is of the highest quality in the state or the region.
The project includes improvements to the Cowskin Creek Pump Station on Tyler Road just south of Pawnee Prairie Park, which increases the capacity and reliability of the pump station and adds odor control measures in an attempt to be a better neighbor to the surrounding community.