WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The city of Wichita held a special ceremonial groundbreaking for the Northwest Water Treatment Facility Thursday.
The new treatment facility will be located at 21st and Hoover, directly north of the Sedgwick County Zoo.
The total cost of the project is around $573 million. The plant is expected to produce 120 million gallons of drinking water a day.
It will supply water to Andover, Bel Aire, Benton, Derby, Park City, Kechi, Rose Hill and Valley Center.
“This is the most important thing that public funding can be used for in today’s world for economic development and securing the future of the southcentral Kansas region for our children and grandchildren. This a long-term, multi-year, multi-decade kind of project. It is the most important thing that we could be doing for our businesses and manufacturers and our households,” said Kathy Sexton, Derby City manager.
The city website says under the current schedule, the new water plant could be operational by the end of 2024.
Representatives from the City, Wichita Water Partners, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency were on-site to speak about the project.
RELATED LINK | Northwest Water Treatment Facility website