Cheney Reservoir remains at full capacity

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

WICHITA, Kan.-- Currently, Cheney Lake's pool elevation is at 1421.69 feet, which is above the conservation pool, where Wichita usually pulls its water.

Officials said significant rainfall in August of last year, filled up the reservoir above the conservation pool and into the flood control pool.

"We're trying to make use of that water in the flood pool while it's there and available," said Alan King, director of Public Works and Utilities for the City of Wichita.

Normally, the City takes 60-percent of the water supply from Cheney Reservoir and 40-percent from the Equus Beds aquifer. The City is now taking 87-percent from Cheney.

Since 1965, the pump station near Cheney Reservoir has pulled water and sent it to the city to be treated.

"It's a vital part of our water resources. It provides a large portion of the water that the city uses each year to meet its water demands," said King.

Long term water supply issues still remain. This week, the City Council discussed a possible one-cent sales tax would fund a new water supply. Options for the new water supply include enhancing the aquifer or getting treated water from El Dorado Lake.

King said that although the water supply remains in good condition, he still encourages people to conserve water.

"A good idea to conserve water. It takes the pressure off of the water that we do have and it saves money for our citizens," said King.

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