City to send letter of interest to Feds for new water treatment plant

First step to get funding

July 10, 2018 - 1:07 pm

The Wichita City Council voted Tuesday on whether to submit a letter of interest to the federal government to be considered for funds to help finance a new water treatment plant.

If the city is approved, they will send in a formal application in 2019.  The federal loan can finance up to 49 percent of the cost, with state funds, rate increases and other money used to help pay for the rest.

The council passed the resolution 6-1, with Councilman James Clendenin providing the only no vote.

The current water treatment plant was constructed in 1939 and needs to be replaced.  The city provides drinkable water for about 500,000 people in the region.

The plan calls for the new facility to be constructed at the existing site in northwest Wichita, near 21st and Zoo Boulevard and is projected to cost over $500 million.

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