Wichita Aquifer Storage & Recovery Phase I

Location: Wichita, Kan.

Client: Wichita, Kan.

Completion Date: November 2006

Burns & McDonnell has been the project manager for the Equus Beds Groundwater Recharge Demonstration Project for the City of Wichita, Kan., since 1993. The large-scale aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) project, which uses water from many sources, is one component of the city’s Integrated Local Water Supply Plan to meet the needs of the city and surrounding communities through 2050.

The 10-million-gallon-per-day (MGD) ASR project is the first of a four-phase 100-MGD ASR project. It expands on two 1.5-MGD demonstration systems. ASR Phase 1 includes three diversion wells, a 7-MGD surface water intake in the Little Arkansas River, 7 MGD intake pump station, four recharge recovery wells ranging from 500 to 1,500 gpm, four electrical platforms, two recharge basins of 3 and 5 acres in bottom area, seven control buildings, over 14 miles of 16-inch and 24-inch pipeline, PAC silo and feed building, overhead power transmission and switches, back-up generator, and SCADA system.

Design services also included hydrogeologic evaluation, facility siting, assistance with land acquisition and permitting, testimony to the Division of Water Resources, public meetings, meetings with land owners, compliance submittal review, periodic construction site visits, and startup assistance. Diversion well activation and deactivation will be linked to a USGS data collection platform measuring streamflow on the Little Arkansas River. The system will operate at pre-set above-base streamflows and shut off automatically.

The project was a fast-track design, bid, build project and was substantially complete within 15 months of design initiation.

  • Program management
  • Hydrogeological engineering
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Design criteria development
  • Water accounting system
  • Public information program
  • Permitting agency reviews
  • Monthly/quarterly project reporting
  • Technical publications
  • Environmental clearance