Wichita may turn to rejected water plan

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Wichita officials grappling with how to secure the city’s long-term water supply are reconsidering a groundwater project that was discarded earlier.

City Manager Robert Layton and public works officials on Tuesday presented four water supply options. The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1sNJT6d ) three options involve buying treated water from the city of El Dorado and El Dorado Reservoir.

A fourth option includes expanding the city’s Aquifer Storage and Recovery Program northwest of Wichita. That plan involves drawing water from the Little Arkansas River to recharge the Equus Beds Aquifer. Earlier this year, however, several council members said they were doubtful the program would be a viable single long-term water source for the city.

Another water option, converting sewer water to drinking water, was discarded as too expensive.

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