E. Coli Detected in Creek in Northeast Wichita

Water in Four Mile Creek near Founder’s Circle, west of 127th Street North in District 2 in northeast Wichita, has tested positive for elevated levels of E. coli. There is no public health risk expected, but residents are being urged to stay out of the creek and pond areas and keep their pets away from the water.

A City of Wichita sewer lift station near Founders Circle, west of 127th Street North overflowed on Saturday, Dec. 2 due to an equipment failure. The equipment has been repaired and is functioning normally. The incident resulted in an estimated sewer overflow of 1.7 million gallons. During the overflow, wastewater ran into Four Mile Creek, near the Redbud Path. There is no public health risk to the City’s drinking water or anyone walking or living by the creek nor is there any anticipated impact to any fish or local wildlife.

The City became aware after a resident reported the issue Sunday morning. City staff tested the creek Sunday afternoon, and results came back the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 4 showing elevated E. coli levels in the stream of greater than 2419.2 colonies per 100 ml. A typical test for this time of year is 2000 or fewer colonies per 100 ml. Out of an abundance of caution, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is set to issue a public advisory for people and their pets to keep out of the water.

KDHE will lift the advisory as soon as E. coli levels return to normal. The City will continue to sample and test the water daily until the advisory is lifted and keep the public updated on an expected timeline for abatement.

E. Coli Detected City of Wichita

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