Mayor Urges Residents to Be Air Aware
Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and Wichita Public Works & Utilities staff provided an ozone update today. To date, the city remains in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards thanks to preventative actions taken by residents and businesses. However the risk of violating those standards remains due to the hot weather that occurs in August.
It's important to remember heat and sunlight bake emissions from vehicles, mowers, energy production and industries to form ground-level ozone. Ground-level ozone is a harmful air pollutant that can affect public health. Keeping Wichita's ozone levels under EPA standards is important for personal health, community health and the regional economy.
Mayor Longwell is urging the community to keep ozone levels low by:
Using Wichita Transit or other public transportation
Reducing energy use
Reducing idling time at drive-thru restaurants, pharmacies, banks and railroad crossings
Postponing errands, mowing, painting and solvent use until after 6 p.m.
Fueling after the sun goes down instead of earlier in the day.
By selecting even just one action, residents can help improve the air quality for the community.
Residents can stay engaged during ozone season in a variety of ways:
Ozone season began March 1 and lasts through October 31.