The City of Wichita’s Aquifer Storage & Recovery (ASR) project diverts water from the Little Arkansas River when the river flows are high, treats it to drinking water standards and injects the processed water into the Equus Beds aquifer. By doing this, the City accumulates recharge credits with the Kansas Department of Agriculture allowing it to withdraw this additional water from the Equus Beds aquifer when needed. The ability to establish and utilize these credits is critical to ensuring the City can meet the demand during an extended drought.
On June 28, 2018 a public informational meeting regarding the proposed changes was held at the Halstead High School Auditorium.
A public comment hearing on Wichita's proposed modifications to Phase II of its ASR project was held on December 11, 2018 (transcript).
Pursuant to a Notice of Hearing issued in this matter by the Presiding Officer, the rescheduled public hearing in this matter commenced on December 10-12, 2019.
The public and all interested parties were invited to submit oral comments on December 13, 2019, and may submit written testimony. Please see the link below for instructions.
Pursuant to a Notice of Continuation of Hearing, the formal phase of the administrative hearing that began in December 2019, continued on the following dates:
· February 10 through 12, 2020; and
· March 2 through 6, 2020.
***UPDATE 05/29/2020 — the hearing will tentatively continue in early November 2020.***