Wichita considers future of Equus Beds aquifer

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Wichita city officials say they are reconsidering whether the Equus Beds aquifer and its recharge project will be a major part of the city’s water supply in the future.

The $240 million project was sold to taxpayers in the early 1990s as a way to supply Wichita with water for the next 50 years. But the aquifer is being drained faster than the recharge project would be able to replenish it.

The recharge project, called ASR, takes water out of the Little Arkansas River, removes pollutants, and stores it in the aquifer. The project is only partially finished.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/NoEIKh ) that city officials seem most interested in two other options – reusing water from the sewage treatment plant and buying water from El Dorado Lake.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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