WICHITA - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is overseeing the remediation process in West Wichita. They have released a new map with the sampling results from water of private drinking wells, south and east of Central and Tyler. The map can be located by clicking here.
The Kansas Dry Cleaner Remediation Program will pay for the costs associated with connecting residents to the City of Wichita water supply. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is overseeing the remediation process in West Wichita, south of Central and Tyler.
KAKE News spoke with KDHE Assessment and Restoration Section Chief Bob Jurgens, "We've been working at identifying private drinking water wells, sampling those wells, and providing an alternative water supply so that's what we're working on right now. Phase one is to take care of the drinking water issues."
On March 24, groundwater assessment confirmed a source of groundwater contamination at the former Four Seasons Dry Cleaners at 8947 W. Central. High levels of tetrachloroethylene or PCE were found in private water wells. The chemical solvent is commonly used at dry cleaning facilities. The investigation was transferred to the Dry Cleaner Remediation Program, which was created in 1995. That same year, the Dry Cleaning Facility Release Trust Fund was created as a funding mechanism for conducting state-led investigations and remediation of soil and groundwater contamination at sites. Money from the Fund will pay for the costs associated with remediation in the West Wichita neighborhood.