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Our primary focus is on designing and building the new water treatment facility. After the new facility is built and serving our community, the City will determine if and how the old plant be utilized. It could be decommissioned, or some additional investment could be made in the future to keep it as a backup facility.
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A safe and quality water system is a vital part of Wichita's infrastructure, serving up to 550,000 people across Wichita and surrounding communities. Our current water treatment facility is 80 years old and is in need of replacement. This new treatment facility will be state-of-the-art and serve residents for generations to come.
The facility will be sized to meet peak hourly demand with the ability to treat up to 120 million gallons of water each day. To put that into context, our peak daily demand in the most recent years has been less than 85 million gallons a day with the average demand at approximately 50 million gallons a day.
It would be built with fully redundant treatment systems to ensure that no generation, now or in the future, will experience a water outage due to operational issues.
The City of Wichita entered into a contract with Wichita Water Partners on February 12, 2019, to complete the first phase of the project, which includes developing a 30% project design, finalizing the maximum price, and preparing loan applications.
Under the current project schedule, the new water treatment facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2024.
The new water treatment facility will be built near 21st N and Hoover, directly northeast of the Sedgwick County Zoo.
Most of the treatment plant would not be visible from nearby streets. During construction, steps will be taken to minimize the impact to the surrounding area. The Design Council and Oversight Steering Committee are also providing guidance on aesthetics to ensure the new plant would fit well into the surrounding community.
Construction will be completed in 2024, and the facility will begin producing drinking water in early 2025.
Other cities the plant supplies water to include: