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Water Pipe Leak Could Affect Entire City of Wichita


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Public works officials in Wichita are working to find and fix a leak in a main water pipe, which could affect all 450,000 water users in the city. The leak was discovered Wednesday. It is in a pipe that connects the Equus Beds Aquifer and Cheney Reservoir to the city's water plant. It's unclear exactly where the leak in the 66-inch steel pipe is located. Officials say the leak will not affect water quality because water is leaking out but no contamination is going into the pipe. However, public works director Alan King says if the plant's capacity isn't increased, users could be asked to conserve water. Public works employees are installing bypass pipes to increase the plant's capacity. The work could take up to five days.

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