The City of Wichita is implementing a new plan for the 2013 Ozone Season in an effort to reduce the impact on area ozone levels. Ozone Alerts will be issued when high ozone days are expected. The predictions will be based on weather and ozone conditions in the region. The alerts will be used by City departments to change operations in order to reduce emissions that cause ozone. The community will be asked to do its part as well.
If conditions predict a high ozone day, an Ozone Alert will be issued to all City departments. The departments will respond by making operational changes for the next work day such as delayed fueling, teleconferencing, carpooling, delayed mowing or painting and utilizing alternative work schedules.
The community will be advised of Ozone Alert Days through local media outlets and the Intelligent Transportation System message boards located along major highways in the metro area. Individuals and local businesses are asked to take steps to reduce emissions on Ozone Alert Days. Examples include carpooling to work, working from home, postponing errands, mowing later in the evening and fueling vehicles in the early morning or late evening hours.
Ozone is a pollutant that can affect human health when it occurs in the air people breathe. Ozone is usually a problem on hot, sunny, summer days with light winds. The heat and sunlight “bake” the emissions from vehicles, mowers, energy production and industries forming ozone. Ozone season runs April 1 – Oct. 31.