Public Utilities Department
The Public Utilities Department handles all of your water needs. We want you to turn on the tap and be assured that you have the best quality and best tasting water in Kansas. On the other end of the spectrum, when you are done with all that water, our sewer system transports the liquid waste to the El Dorado Wetlands & Water Reclamation Facility where removal of the pollutants and nutrients that would harm the environment occurs before returning clean water back to the Walnut River.
To provide the citizens of El Dorado with a well maintained and fiscally sound water production facility, proactive maintenance and enhancement of the water distribution system and sewer collection system; a wastewater treatment facility that meets all State and Federal regulations and operates as efficiently as possible by incorporation of green technology. We will manage, utilize and protect El Dorado’s renewable resources to benefit the citizens of El Dorado, as well as future generations of El Dorado citizens.
Providing the best Utility Service for our citizens, award winning "Best Tasting Water in Kansas" and a National award winning Wetlands and Water Reclamation Facility
Welcome to the El Dorado Wetlands & Water Reclamation Facility
This facility began operating in 2007. In 2008, it won the American Public Works Association's "Environmental Project of the Year" award.
Wetlands Plants Thrive
Wetlands plants are nature's wastewater treatment process. These plants make exceptionally clean water in the wetlands.
Walnut River Water Festival Wetlands Tour
4th Graders meet at the wetlands kiosk to learn about the wetlands ecosystem.
This Kiosk was built using grant money and correctional facility inmates. The kiosk displays environmental education information in a setting at the center of the El Dorado Wetlands
Wetlands Education Boardwalk
4th Graders attending the 19th Annual Walnut River Water Festival learn about the Wetlands Ecosystem from a boardwalk extending out into the wetlands
Walnut River Water Festival
Water Reclamation Facility Supt., Jason Patty, explains the wastewater treatment process to 4th Graders
Outdoor Education Is FUN!
Students learn about the Wetlands Ecosystem under the shade of the Wetlands Education Kiosk
Walnut River Water Festival
4th Grade students get a birds eye from the boardwalk to learn about wetlands ecosystems.
El Dorado Water Treatment Plant
This facility has been producing the best tasting water in Kansas 24/7/365 for 77 years
Top Facility in Kansas
The El Dorado Wetlands & Water Reclamation Facility has won this award four years in a row.
Biosolids Land Application
Biosolids are a widely used, safe, high quality fertilizer. This organic material provides nitrogen and phosphorous for row crops planted at the facility
Canada Geese are frequent visitors to both the wetands and Reflection Pond
Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) Clarifier
Clarifiers separate solids from clean water near the final stage of the treatment process
Final Product...Clean Water
El Dorado Wetlands & Water Reclamation Facility discharge point for clean, disinfected water, "Reflection Pond" and then the Walnut River
Native Grass Buffer Strips
Native grass buffer strips border all City owned farm ground. The natural buffers prevent the erosion of valuable topsoil and protect our rivers and streams.
Cleaning Water for Environment
Clean water spills over ther weir of the final clarifier at the Water Reclamation Facility
The El Dorado Wetlands and Water Reclamation Facility hosts many tours during the Walnut River Water Festival
No-Till farming practices are followed at the WRF Farm. Here a soybean plant sprouts up through the previous year's crop residue, which protects the soil from erosion.
Fixing a Water Main Break
Water Distribution crews fix a water main leak
We operate 24/7, with either personnel on-duty or on-call. We urge citizens with water or sewer issues, please contact the Utilities Department at 316-321-9100 during business office hours. However, if you experience problems after business hours, for water or sewer issues, call our on-call personnel at 316-323-4987 or 316-323-4997. We will check the city sewer first, at no expense to the customer, to assist in the elimination of the problem.
Online Water / Sewer Utility Information
You may now pay your water, sewer, and trash bill online, set up auto payment, or if you want to start new water or sewer service call 316-321-9100.