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WATER Center

The Wichita Area Treatment, Education & Remediation (WATER) Center opened October 16, 2003. The Center serves as a treatment facility for the Gilbert-Mosley Project, as well as a public education resource.

The remediation system begins with five and one-half miles of conveyance piping and thirteen extraction wells, which extract and convey the polluted groundwater to the WATER Center treatment facility. Once the groundwater reaches the facility, it is cleaned by a hydraulic venturi air stripper treatment system. This remediation system limits the spread of and removes the groundwater contamination.

The WATER Center treatment facility was designed to encourage public interest in and observation of groundwater remediation. The Center also offers a variety of education programs.

Take a Tour!

Take a tour of the WATER Center! Learn about the history of the Gilbert-Mosley groundwater remediation project, reuse of the treated water, native Kansas fish, aquatic wildlife, pollution prevention and much more.

P: (316) 268-8349
Email Xantippe Dawson​


Make a Reservation or Rental

To make a reservation or rental, please call the WATER Center at (316) 350-3386 to check availability. We will need:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone contact information
  • 25% of rental fee (cash or check is accepted)

Facility Rental Agreement Form


Days/Times Available

8:30am - 10:00pm (Monday - Sunday)


Da​tes Unavailable

  • Federal Holidays
  • New Year's Eve & New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day & day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve & Christmas Day​​​

Rent Our Facility

Rental Regulations

  1. Confirmation of date requires signed contract. A non-refundable down payment equal to 1/4 of rental fees and a refundable damage deposit of $50 is also due.
  2. The damage deposit is refundable provided that no material damages were incurred as a result of rental and that no charges for extra cleaning were assessed.
  3. Lessee must remit full payment two weeks prior to the rental date.
  4. Lessee is responsible for any additional charges incurred by exceeding specified exit times. Additional hourly rental rates will be assessed.
  5. Lessee shall not assign lease, sublet, or grant any concession or license to use premises without approval.
  6. The WATER Center may terminate an event with no refund of rental price if conditions of lease are not adhered to or if lessee or guests are conducting illegal or unsafe activities.
  7. City ordinances will be observed. Lessee shall be responsible for any fines, penalties or other damages incurred due to negligence or violence of lessee or lessee's guests.
  8. Alcohol is allowed at the WATER Center. See Municipal Code Section 4.04.045 for restrictions.
  9. The lessee indemnifies lessor from any and all claims arising directly from lessee's utilization of the above designated premises.
  10. The WATER Center/City of Wichita will not be responsible for damages or injury resulting from the conduct of employees or guests of the lessee, whether negligent or otherwise.
  11. The WATER Center is a non-smoking facility.
  12. Clean up consists of removing all items brought into the facility including trash, decorations and rented equipment. Normal sweeping and restrooms are the responsibility of the WATER Center.
  13. Decorations must not deface any part of the facility and must be removed upon termination of the event.​​ The WATER Center/City of Wichita shall not be held responsible for property brought to or left on the premises prior to, during or after the event.
  14. No devices used to stimulate fog may be used without permission.
  15. No substance may be added to the fountains or water features.
  16. Attachments to wall are strictly prohibited unless using the existing tack strips. Banners may be hung from ceiling with prior permission.
  17. No rice, crepe paper, glitter or confetti may be thrown/used in the WATER Center or on the grounds. Birdseed is permitted.


Check It Out

The WATER Center has items available for check out.

Youth Programs

Fi​sh Tales​

Join the WATER Center staff for story time and a nature surprise! This program is designed for Pre-K aged children, but all are welcome to attend. Free to attend - no registration required.


Second Tuesday of every month at 10:00am

Tuesday, November 14

"Not Norman: A Goldfish Story" by Kelly Bennett


Youth Volunteer Days

Youth Volunteer Days are for children ages 8-15 and space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Register online for Youth Volunteer Days

Senior Wednesdays

Senior Wednesday programs at the WATER Center are held 1:30-3:00pm on the first Wednesday of every month and are designed for active adults ages 55 and older.

Senior Wednesdays program schedule​​


Resources

WSU Fairmount Center for Science & Mathematics Education Scholastic: A Water Survey Tox Town WaterWebster