Burns & McDonnell

Aquifer storage & recovery


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Client: City of Wichita, Kansas 

Completion Date: November 2001 

Services Provided

  • 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

Project Summary

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 uses water from many sources and 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) 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, and more than 14 miles of 16-inch and 24-inch pipeline, PAC silo and feed building, overhead power transmission and switches, back-up generator, and supervisory control and data acquision (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 U.S. Geological Survey data collection platform measuring streamflow on the Little Arkansas River. The system will operate at preset 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.

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