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The mayor of Wichita says despite recent heavy rain in the area, residents need to keep working to conserve water.

Mayor Jeff Longwell said Thursday that heavy rain in south-central Kansas this month has helped the city's water supply, but conserving water is still important in order to meet future long-term demand. The city says in a release that Cheney Lake, one of Wichita's two primary water sources, gained more than 5.5 billion gallons since the beginning of the month.

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There's a meeting planned this week in Kansas to discuss concerns about using water pumped from the Ogallala Aquifer in northeast Colorado to help satisfy streamflow requirements on the Republican River.

The gathering Tuesday in St. Francis will include Governor Sam Brownback along with agriculture and water officials.

Representative Rick Billinger of Goodland wants to gather input on the pumping project and "possible ways to preserve the Ogallala for future users."

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The state will have series of 26 public meetings across Kansas this month to set regional water supply goals and priorities.

Trained facilitators from Kansas State University Research and Extension and the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy will help facilitate the public meetings.

14 regional water leadership teams will create water supply goals based on public input and available resources.

The regional water supply goals that they draft will be presented to the Kansas Water Authority in May.

City Of Wichita

The City of Wichita has reported that a leak at the city’s water treatment plant has been repaired. The leak was first discovered on January 21, and a bypass pipe was installed on January 30. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

The source of the leak was a 66-inch pipe that takes in raw water from the Cheney Reservoir and the Equus water beds.

City officials say it was important to get it repaired before spring, when water is in higher demand.

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Update 01/27/15:

Crews are making progress building a bypass pipe after a leak was discovered last week near the city's water treatment plant. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Crews are still working to bypass the main line that carries water to Wichita from Cheney Reservoir and the Equus Beds Aquifer. Alan King, director of public works, said the completion date for the bypass pipe has been bumped back to Thursday because of snags in the process including the availability of parts.

Workers with the Kansas Geological Survey are hitting the road this month to check groundwater levels in central and western Kansas.

Rex Buchanan, with the KGS, says lessening drought conditions may lead to less aquifer depletion then they’ve seen in recent years. He says irrigation is one of the main uses of water from the aquifer.

“The more it rains, the less you have to irrigate. The less it rains, the more you have to irrigate. In dry years, because there’s less water available naturally, people irrigate more,” says Buchanan

The Kansas Water Vision team will be in Wichita on Monday to get feedback on the first draft of the vision. KMUWs Abigail Wilson has more…

The Kansas Water Vision team will hold a 90-minute meeting Monday at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center in west Wichita. The meeting will focus on Governor Sam Brownback’s Call to Action for a 50-Year Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas.

Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office, says the team hopes to create dialogue and receive input on the first draft of Vision.

The Kansas Geological Survey says groundwater levels in southwest Kansas declined at a slower pace in 2013 than in recent years.

The KGS also says increases in wells around south-central Kansas are attributed to above-average rainfall that reduced irrigation during the spring growing season.

Preliminary information shows that water tables in southwest Kansas dropped over 2 feet last year. During each of the three previous years, water levels fell by more than 3 feet.

Topeka officials are talking about making improvements to the city's water purification process after struggling to comply with new, stricter guidelines.

Water in Topeka itself is still in compliance.

But three suppliers who receive water from the city recently received notice from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that their levels of halo-acetic acids were higher than the state allows.

The difference between Topeka and its suppliers could be tied to testing differences.

As smaller distributors, rural districts usually test once per quarter.

Topeka's water department is monitoring the Kansas River for E. coli after a weekend sewage spill.

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