Chloride contamination within the Equus Beds Aquifer from previous oil field production has created large pockets of groundwater which are unsuitable for most uses. Remediation of high chloride hot spots within the Equus Beds would help generate an additional water supply source as well as protect and prolong the useable lifespan of groundwater wells within the formation. Over time, these hot spots migrate and mix with adjacent freshwater, making the chloride more difficult to remove.
Successful implementation of this project will provide a better understanding of what type of treatment technology is necessary for a full-scale remediation project. Total project costs for a full-scale remediation project could exceed $50,000,000
Continued movement of the Burrton chloride plume within the Equus Beds Aquifer towards the east-southeast, leading to impacts with the City of Wichita's groundwater well field as well as other regional groundwater users.