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WICHITA, Kan. -- A $5 million study recently completed by
the U.S. Geological Survey clears the way for the city of Wichita to
recharge the Equus Beds aquifer with water from the Little Arkansas
The study, paid for by the city and the USGS, examined 400
different pollutants and decided the water was clean enough to use --
if the city treated the river water and used caution.
The city hopes to deposit into the aquifer 65 billion gallons of
river water, the same amount held by Cheney Reservoir. The water
could then be withdrawn later from the aquifer during a drought.
For the past five years the city has been experimenting with
taking water out of the Little Arkansas River and pumping it into the
Equus Beds, an aquifer that is one of the city's main sources of
Without a new water source, the city predicts it could run short
of water in the next 8 to 13 years. The recharge plan may provide
residents with all the water they need for at least the next 50
If the city's plan works, the city says it will have the water
necessary to grow and attract new industry. Residents will be able to
water their lawns and fill their swimming pools with few
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