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Fact Sheet 2015–3010

Prepared in cooperation with the City of Wichita, Kansas, as part of the Equus Beds Groundwater Recharge Project

Water Quality of the Little Arkansas River and Equus Beds Aquifer Before and Concurrent with Large-Scale Artificial Recharge, South-Central Kansas, 1995—2012

By Daniel J. Tappa, Jennifer L. Lanning-Rush, and Andrew C. Ziegler

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This fact sheet describes baseline water quality of the Equus Beds aquifer and Little Arkansas River and water-quality effects of artificial recharge by the city of Wichita associated with Phase I (2007–present) of the Aquifer Storage and Recovery project. During 1995 through 2012, more than 8,800 surface water and groundwater water-quality samples were collected and analyzed for more than 400 compounds, including most of the compounds on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s primary drinking-water standards maximum contaminant level list and secondary drinkingwater regulations secondary maximum contaminant level list. Water-quality constituents of concern discussed in detail in this fact sheet are chloride, arsenic, total coliform bacteria, and atrazine. Sulfate, nitrate, iron, manganese, oxidation-reduction potential, and specific conductance also are constituents of concern and are discussed to a lesser extent.

First posted May 5, 2015

Revised May 6, 2015

For additional information contact:
Director, Kansas Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
4821 Quail Crest Place
Lawrence, KS 66049

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Suggested citation:

Tappa, D.J., Lanning-Rush, J.L., and Ziegler, A.C., 2015, Water quality of the Little Arkansas River and Equus Beds Aquifer before and concurrent with large-scale artificial recharge, south-central Kansas, 1995–2012 (ver. 1.1, May 6, 2015): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3010, 4 p.,

ISSN 2327-6916 (print)

ISSN 2327-6932 (online)




Artificial Recharge and Water Quality

Equus Beds Water-Quality Changes

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