City of Wichita
Aquifer Storage & Recovery Project

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.

What's New

Public Informational Meeting

The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Water Resources hosted a public informational meeting on Thursday, June 28, to discuss proposed changes to the city of Wichita’s ASR project.

ASR Proposal Benefits

Permit changes are being proposed to provide operating flexibility that is needed to maintain the aquifer as high as possible – like the levels are now.

Wichita's Permit Change Effort

ASR provides two benefits – drought resiliency and water quality protection.  

ASR Permit Change Proposal

The City of Wichita has the state’s only active Artificial Storage and Recovery project, developed a

The City of Wichita has the state’s only active Artificial Storage and Recovery project, developed and approved in two phases.

The public hearing originally scheduled for October 22, 2018 is rescheduled to December 11, 2018 in Wichita, Kansas.