water conservation

Government
1:36 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Wichita Public Works Talks Future Of City's Water Security

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Yesterday afternoon Wichita’s Public Works & Utilities Department gave a presentation on the future of water supply in the area. City Council members were in attendance and ideas concerning both conservation, as well as new sources of water, were discussed.

Wichita’s Public Works Director Alan King presented a power point demonstration about what could be done to sure up the city’s water supply until the year 2060. King’s model included five plans that he said take into consideration both effectiveness and the city’s budget.

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Energy
10:21 am
Tue April 8, 2014

City Officials Review Water Options To Develop New Conservation Strategies

Wichita officials will review the city’s water options for new supplies and conservation.

A workshop on Tuesday at City Hall will include presentations from utility employees on strategies for ensuring a stable water supply through 2060.

Some of those include revamped programs to reduce water usage and adding new sources of water.

The city says some of the conservation options include:

Environment
10:43 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Hays City Commission Approves Resolution To Increase Water Conservation

The Hays City Commission has taken steps to increase water conservation for residents and businesses.

Hays commissioners unanimously approved resolutions last week to make plumbing more efficient in future construction and remodels.

The resolutions also update the municipal water conservation plan, and drought response plan, and revise irrigation regulations.

Commercial properties building new irrigation systems have to xeriscape 30 percent of their land; it's landscaping that uses vegetation that requires little water.

Environment
9:49 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Kansas Geological Survey Says That Groundwater Levels Decreased More Slowly in 2013

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.

Environment
8:52 am
Fri August 30, 2013

6 Questions (And Answers) About Water In Wichita

KMUW's Carla Eckels recently sat down with Ben Nelson of the city’s public works and utilities department to find out more about the state of water in Wichita.

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Environment
7:31 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Study: High Plains Aquifer Mostly Gone in 50 Years

A new study forecasts that 69 percent of the water in the High Plains Aquifer in Kansas will be depleted within 50 years at current usage rates.

The paper by researchers at Kansas State University was published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. It focuses on the Ogallala aquifer in western Kansas.

The study estimates that 30 percent of the aquifer was depleted by 2010 and an additional 39 percent is expected to disappear by 2060.

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Environment
10:52 am
Fri August 9, 2013

City Officials: The Drought Is Over

City of Wichita officials announced Friday the drought that threatened the area’s water supply the two past summers and heightened conservation efforts is officially over.

In a release Friday, the city reports Cheney Lake, the city’s primary water source, reached full capacity in the early hours of Thursday from 73.6 percent on July 29. Earlier this year, the lake was as low as 58 percent capacity, causing city officials to encourage conservation efforts through a media campaign, a rebate program and other measures aimed at extending the area’s water supply.

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Junction City
5:56 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Faulty Meters Cited In Junction City Water Loss

Authorities in Junction City are cracking down on illegal water consumption but say old and faulty meters are the biggest reason for the apparent overuse of water.

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Water Future
2:21 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

City Offering $1M In Rebates In Exchange For Water Conservation

The city of Wichita unveiled Thursday a $1 million rebate program to continue to encourage residents to conserve water. The program starts Monday and runs through December 31.

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Water Future
11:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

7 Questions (And Answers) About Wichita's Water Future (Updated)

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Updated a 11:03 a.m.

There was a significant development this weekend with water levels at Cheney Reservoir.

Last Thursday's storm created heavy drainage into the lake, causing the level to rise from 64 percent last Thursday to 72 percent on Saturday. As of Monday morning, Cheney is up more than 13,000 acre feet of water since before the rain event last Thursday.

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