Chemical release kills fish in Arkansas River in downtown Wichita

WICHITA, Kansas – The Wichita Department of Public Works and Utilities says a chemical used in the water treatment process leaked into the Arkansas River early Wednesday morning near downtown.

The leak has killed some fish in the river.

Wichita Public Works and Utilities have plugged the leak.

Ferric sulfate, which is used to settle out particles in untreated water as it flows into the plant, leaked through a corroded drain pipe at the treatment plant.

City officials have reported the chemical release and fish kill to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment and the appropriate divisions of the Environmental Protection Agency.

KDHE has determined that the chemical release poses no health risk to the public.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism has been notified of the fish kill.

Location of leak at water plant (KSN Photo)
Ferric sulfate, which is used to settle out particles in untreated water as it flows into the plant, leaked through a corroded drain pipe at the treatment plant. (KSN Photo)

 

 

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