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.
The formal hearing to address the City of Wichita's proposed modifications to the ASR Project Permit continues in February 2021. Click here to find out how to view the hearing proceedings virtually, using either Zoom or YouTube.
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 01/05/2021 — Formal phase to continue
The formal phase hearing to address the City of Wichita's proposed modifications to the City of Wichita's Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project Phase II that began on December 10, 2019, will resume and continue, as necessary, in early February 2021. The City is seeking the approval of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources (DWR), for these modifications.
The hearing is scheduled for the following dates:
The proceedings will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. and will end each day no later than 4:30 p.m. except on February 5, when they will end at noon.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hearing will be held partially in person and partially virtually. In-person proceedings will take place at the Kansas Learning Center for Health in Halstead, Kansas, and will be open only to certain formal parties to the proceedings. The in-person hearing location will not be open to the public. The public will be able to view the hearing proceedings virtually, using either Zoom or YouTube.