City Council in Wichita Approves Water Treatment Plant Contract

The Wichita City Council has awarded the largest single contract in the city’s history to a group that includes two companies that spent thousands of dollars on former Mayor Jeff Longwell.

The council voted on Tuesday to award the $500 million contract for the city’s new water treatment plant to Wichita Water Partners.

Longwell’s relationship with group became an issue in the mayor’s race but it was not mentioned during the council meeting.

Council members said they approved the contract to avoid losing federal funding and because they weren’t sure any other companies would bid on the project.

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