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Highly Reliable, Affordable Utilities

The Greater Wichita region’s world-class utility providers offer high quality, reliable services at low costs — in fact, below national averages, making this area a prime location for keeping operating costs equally low. Throughout the region, electricity services are provided by Evergy, and natural gas providers include both Kansas Gas Service and Black Hills Energy.

Electricity Service | Evergy

Generation Mix

Coal40%
Natural Gas-Fuel Oil26%
Nuclear  7%
Renewables (i.e. wind)27%
Available Generation CapacityAbout 7,000 Megawatts
ReservesApproximately 19.6% of Capacity
Reliability: 99.9803%Outages generally occur in residential (non-business) areas

Large commercial-industrial rates are generally in the 6 to 8 cent per kWh range. It is not necessary to qualify for economic development incentives to obtain such a rate. Providing more specific rate estimates requires information such as total kWh consumption, load factor (8 vs. 24 hour per day operation for example) and determination of equipment ownership (rate often lower if customer owns transformers).

Natural Gas Service | Kansas Gas Service and Black Hills Energy

Large volume natural gas customers purchasing open market commodity gas can obtain transportation (delivery) rates in the range of $0.06 to $0.08 per Therm ($0.59 to $0.78 per MCF or MM BTU.) According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Kansas had the 6th lowest industrial natural gas total delivered cost among the 50 states in 2017 at $4.16 per MCF (MM BTU.) The range of costs among the states was $3.15 to $19.62, with a national average of $4.10 — making Kansas very competitive.

Water Service | Wichita Water and Sewer

Principal Sources: Cheney Reservoir and Equus Beds Aquifer 
Reserves: Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Program is expected to extend reserves to 2050

Water Plant

Maximum Capacity160 mgd 
Average Consumption54.6 mgd 
Peak Demand118 mgd 
Storage Capacity50 mg

Sewer Plant

Preliminary/Primary/Secondary (trickling filter and activated sludge / UV disinfection)
Capacity

Capacity 59.4 mgd*
Average daily flow36.9 mgd*

(*mgd - million gallons per day)

Water Rate Summary

Retail Volume Charge (per 1,000 gallons.) AWC – Average Winter Consumption

Inside City Limits

Through to 110% AWC. $2.31
111% through 310% AWC / Fire.$8.05
Above 310% AWC.$11.78

Outside City Limits

Through to 110% AWC. $3.70
111% through 310% AWC / Fire.$12.89
Above 310% AWC.$18.86

Note: Using well water and/or impounded runoff water for grounds maintenance could help maintain fairly level demand and lower rates. However, using runoff water in this manner has no bearing on the Storm Water Utility fee (see below – applies inside Wichita city limits only.)

Monthly Meter Charge - Varies by line diameter

12" Water Line (Inside City)$193.03
12" Water Line (Outside City)$309.02

Sewer Rate Summary

Assumption – No extra-strength (pollutant) charges
Volume Charge (per 1,000 gallons of metered water consumption)

Inside City Limits$3.86
Outside City Limits$6.18

Monthly Meter Charge - Varies by water meter size

12" Water Line (Inside City)$528.83
12" Water Line (Outside City)$846.12

Fire Protection

Wichita’s fire water system is separate and isolated from the domestic water system. Charges are based on availability (not usage.) Charge varies by line diameter.

Fire Protection — Flat Monthly Charges

12” Fire Line (Inside City)$71.05 / month
12” Fire Line (Outside City)$113.69 / month

ISO Fire Protection Class

Inside Wichita City Limit1
Other Sedgwick County CitiesVaries (2,3,4,6)
Rural Sedgwick CountyVaries (5,10)


(Source - City of Wichita, January 2019)

Many communities and counties throughout the Greater Wichita region provide their own water and wastewater services that can can vary from the above Wichita statistics.

Andrew Nave

Executive Vice President of Economic Development

Andrew Nave

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