Drinking Water

More than 90 percent of Sedgwick County residents live in areas where public water supplies are available. In Sedgwick County, public water supplies are cities, rural water districts, and one utility. A limited number of county residents obtain their water from private wells.

The city of Wichita obtains more than 60 percent of its supply from Cheney Reservoir and the remaining amount from the Equus Beds. Wichita has the capacity to provide water to all incorporated areas in the county through 2050.

Sedgwick County residents who obtain drinking water from private wells are encouraged to test their water to determine its suitability for human consumption. Water testing is available through Metropolitan Area Building & Construction Department (MABCD) or through private companies.

Sedgwick County and cities have water well codes that regulate construction standards and inspection requirements. If you are wanting a private water well, contact MABCD or your local city for information on regulations.