Wichita water supply safe and clean

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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WICHITA, Kan.--- The Consumer Confidence Report for 2014 shows that the water supply in Wichita is safe and clean.

KAKE News got a look inside the Wichita Water Treatment Plant, where Wichita's water supply is treated.

At the plant, raw water is treated through several filtration devices and is disinfected before it is sent out to water customers. The treatment process takes about four hours.

The facility treats 80 million gallons of raw water each day, that comes from either Cheney Lake or the Equus Beds.

"It's very important for people to be able to know that they're drinking something that's healthy and safe for them, so we do a variety of testing," said Ben Nelson, strategic services manager for Wichita Public Works and Utilities.

This year, more than 80-percent of the raw water is coming from the surface water at Cheney.

"We've been able to keep extra water in Cheney Lake, going all the way back to last year's heavy rains at the end of the summer," said Nelson. "We've been pulling very heavily from Cheney Lake this year."

The facility has been operational since 1940.

For the 2014 Consumer Confidence Report, click here.

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