City council says yes to emergency modifications to Wichita's water system

Rodney Price
October 01, 2019 - 1:35 pm
Water being dispensed from faucet

Emergency modifications were approved Tuesday for the disinfection process at Wichita's water treatment plant.  

Don Henry, Assistant Director at Wichita Public Works and Utilities, explained why $350,000 in repairs were needed.

"The process control system for chlorine and ammonia basically automates the correct dose for disinfection for the water.  With the current system in place, when it's run in automatic mode those disinfectant dosages can be inconsistent," Mr. Henry said.

While the city had a manual workaround to ensure safe drinking water, a more permanent fix was required by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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