The Future of Wichita's Water - The Northwest Water Treatment Facility

Experience Level: Any level of experience

The City of Wichita provides water for nearly 500,000 customers, 1 out of every 6 Kansas residents.  Aging infrastructure has necessitated the design and construction of a new 120 MGD firm capacity water treatment facility, the Northwest Water Facility (NWWF).  The facility will be the second largest water treatment project in the country during construction and Wichita’s largest ever capital project.  The City has chosen to use the progressive design-build delivery method and will fund the project through Kansas State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF) and a federal, low-interest loan through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA).  This presentation will discuss the technical aspects of the project (such as treatment techniques and challenges), the progressive design-build project delivery method, the financing of the project, and will discuss the current status of construction.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the importance of Wichita's Water Treatment Facility
2. Understand water treatment basics, with blended water sources
3. Understand the design-build project delivery method

1 PDH (NY Approved)


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Ty McGown, P.E.

Project Manager and Associate Chemical Engineer

Burns & McDonnell

Ty is a Project Manager and Associate Chemical Engineer for Burns & McDonnell in Wichita.  He obtained both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Kansas State University.  In his role at Burns & McDonnell, he provides water and wastewater treatment services to numerous organizations in multiple municipalities and industries. Ty has extensive experience in long-term planning, conditions assessments, design-build construction, operations, and project execution including chemical feed, membrane treatment, conventional treatment, and advanced oxidation processes.  Ty is currently serving as the Design Manager for the Wichita Northwest Water Treatment Facility project and is on site throughout construction and commissioning and startup.

Mariah Schroeder, P.E.

Staff Civil Engineer

Burns & McDonnell

Mariah is a Staff Civil Engineer at Burns & McDonnell. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Purdue University. Mariah’s passion for solving problems has led her to work for many municipal water and wastewater clients throughout the country. Her experience includes detailed design of drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities, design-build construction, and operations support. Currently, Mariah serves as a project engineer for the Wichita Northwest Water Treatment Facility project in Wichita, KS. 

Chitra Foster, P.E.

Senior Project Manager

Burns & McDonnell

Chitra is a Senior Project Manager in the Water group at Burns & McDonnell. She brings over two decades of US and international experience in the engineering and construction of water and wastewater infrastructure projects. She delivers EPC and design-build projects for municipal and private sector owners. Her current responsibilities include leading the design for the $500 million progressive design-build project for the Wichita Northwest Water Facility. She also assists the business group in a variety of strategic roles. Over the course of her career, she has worked and lived in many parts of the world, successfully bridging cultural divides.


Live event: 04/20/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.