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Wichita Officials Recommend Water Restrictions for Citizens Due to Drought

Jan 15, 2013
(KWCH 12 Eyewitness News)

Wichita city water officials prepare to ask you to use less water. The Public Works Director told Eyewitness News he will ask the city council next month to consider water restrictions.

Water is a precious resource we all need to survive.  And as you can tell by looking at any river or lake, even our lawns, we're not getting enough of it. 

After three years of drought conditions Sedgwick County area wells are measuring at their lowest levels on record.

"When we didn't get the rains last spring we knew that this was an unusual kind of a weather pattern, that we were continuing on in the kind of drought pattern that we had been seeing," said Alan King, Director of Public Works in Wichita.  "And so we know that we've got to do something."

Cheney Reservoir is one of Wichita's two main sources of water. It's about 40% below normal right now.  The Equus Beds are our other main source.  They too are significantly lower.