Why does the plan propose reducing the number of round settling basins from 7 to 6?

Through engineering optimization, the project team was able to achieve a design modification that incorporates a deeper solids contact clarifier which will be less costly and less difficult to maintain. The revised design allows for the rating of each clarifier at 24.86 million gallons per day (MGD) rather than the initial 20.72 MGD while providing the same or better treatment.

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1. What is the City of Wichita doing to ensure its customers continue to have access to a safe water supply?
2. How will the City ensure mussel shells and other large debris are removed during the water treatment process?
3. Why does the plan propose reducing the number of round settling basins from 7 to 6?
4. Why rely on pumps for backwash in lieu of the water tower?
5. How is the City ensuring it builds a state-of-the-art facility and prepares for future demand?