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.


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 will commence on December 10, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the First Mennonite Church, 427 W. 4th, Halstead, Kansas 67056. The formal phase of the hearing will be open to the public and will be scheduled to take place over three days, December 10, 11, and 12, 2019, beginning at 9:00 a.m. each day and ending no later than 5:00 p.m. each day.

The public and all interested parties are invited to submit oral or written comments during a time specifically reserved for this purpose: oral public comments will be received beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending no later than 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019, at the same location as the formal phase of the hearing.