Wichita to make more improvements to infrastructure

Rodney Price
January 28, 2020 - 11:54 am
Sanitary Sewer imprinted on an iron cover for a sewer system

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At Tuesday's Wichita City Council workshop, we learned of another large capital improvement project the city will tackle in coming years.

New sanitary sewer plants are needed, not because of aging or failing infrastructure but due to future changes in state regulations. 

There are several ways for the city to pay for this project, such as state and/or federal funding and rate increases.

Public works director Alan King was asked if federal funding would be available again, since the city chose that method to help with new water treatment plant, which will soon break ground.

"We're always taking the conservative approach and not assuming that we're going to get the funding," he said.

A very preliminary cost estimate for the plants is $335 million, with a completion date by the end of 2027.

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