A chemical used for water treatment leaked into the Arkansas River overnight near downtown Wichita. Public Works & Utilities maintenance crews have plugged the leak. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports...
The Wichita City Council has approved a water plan for an area near a section of the city where officials have found contaminated groundwater.
On Tuesday the council approved an emergency water line for Rolling Hills Court in west Wichita.
Rolling Hills Court is next to, but not within, an area in Wichita where the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has identified groundwater contamination from a former dry cleaning business.
The Kansas Geological Survey says groundwater levels in southwest Kansas declined at a slower pace in 2013 than in recent years.
The KGS also says increases in wells around south-central Kansas are attributed to above-average rainfall that reduced irrigation during the spring growing season.
Preliminary information shows that water tables in southwest Kansas dropped over 2 feet last year. During each of the three previous years, water levels fell by more than 3 feet.
Salina officials and the federal government have reached a financial settlement to cover another step in cleaning up contaminated groundwater and soil at a former Air Force base.