Wichita to start phase one of new water treatment plant

February 12, 2019 - 11:53 am

The Wichita City Council approved the phase one contract with Wichita Water Partners for $6 million.  Under the agreement, 30 percent of the plant will be designed, along with environmental clearances, permitting and easement acquisitions.  This phase will also complete state and federal funding applications, which are due by fall.

Council members Bryan Frye and James Clendenin raised concerns about having only one group provide a bid for the estimated $524 million project.  Mayor Jeff Longwell assured the council and public that the group would be up to the task. "This is a very, high quality group of people that will get the job done," he said.

The measure passed 5-2, with Frye and Clendenin voting no.

The existing water plant was constructed in 1939 and is the single source of water for half a million people in the region.

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