Potential Changes Looming for Recharge Credits in Equus Beds

The City of Wichita has filed applications with the Division of Water Resources to change the manner in which the city is granted “recharge credits” arising from the aquifer recharge project in the Equus Beds aquifer. The recharge project takes water from the Little Arkansas river during the times when the river is flowing at a specified rate above normal.  The water is treated to normal drinking water standards and is caused to be either injected or settled into the aquifer. The city’s stated purpose is to provide increased access to Equus Beds water during times of draught. The city already has the most extensive water rights in the Equus Beds aquifer.  The Division will hold public hearings to consider the applications.