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"An investment in Knowledge pays the best Interest."

Ben Franklin's words still ring true today. So we pick out the most appropriate articles in current events and news regarding the Water Industry both nationally and in Kansas to filter the most pertinent information for you.

Weekly News - July 9, 2018

07/09/2018 - Weekly KRWA E-News

Chase County Residents Asked to Conserve Water 
Customers of Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 26, which serves Cottonwood Falls, Strong City and Chase County R.W.D. No. 1, are being asked to conserve water due to drought conditions. Strong City Public Works Director Matt Markley indicates water use is already down nearly 20 percent.

Kansas Using Less Water
Statewide water use appears to be declining, according to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey. In 2015, Kansas used on average more than 4 billion gallons of water each day. That’s down nearly 25 percent from 1990. Of that, 2.6 billion gallons per day are used for irrigation — a decrease of 36 percent from 1990. The top three water consuming counties are Stevens, Finney and Seward — all located in southwestern Kansas. “What we’re doing is great, it’s just not enough of it,” said Kansas Water Office Director Tracy Streeter. He’s particularly concerned about areas of western Kansas where farmers draw from the diminishing Ogallala aquifer. “Overall, we’ve got to see more widespread adoption of conservation efforts,” he said.


Ark River Woes Linger in Southwest Kansas
Litigation over the Arkansas River has ended, but the finger pointing continues. The river remains dry and some Southwest Kansans point to the John Martin Reservoir,  in Southeast Colorado, as the culprit.


Harvey County Commissioners Concerned About Wichita Water Plan
Members of the commission and county staff attended the June 28 meeting in Halstead to learn about proposed changes to the Wichita Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) project — and those in attendance left a bit confused. “My concern is they changed their bottom line number three times in their meeting,” said Commissioner Chip Westfall. “What we have heard from them in the past year, it has changed a lot.” Wichita has proposed changes to the conditions associated with its existing permits for its ASR project including a new method to accumulate recharge credits during times of limited recharge capacity, as well as a series of new applications to allow the city to recover recharge credits at existing production wells. Gina Bell, Planning and Zoning Director for Harvey County, says, “We are going to have to deal with (a major drought) when it comes. I wish there was a plan that could put us in better shape ahead of time.” KDA/DWR’s web site has been updated to include presentations from the June 28 public meeting about Wichita’s request to modify its ASR project. There will also be a public hearing about the project in August.


Former Hays City Manager: R9 Ranch Was Opportunity Not to be Passed
Hannes Zacharias reflects on Hays’ purchase of the R9 Ranch and the early planning to bring water from the Arkansas River Basin to Hays, a process that involves unprecedented regulatory moves that are just now getting underway.


Depletion of Ogallala Affecting High Plains Migratory Birds
Of the species found to be impacted on the high plains include the snowy plover, a regular but uncommon migrant and summer resident of Kansas. Nesting occurs in scattered locations in central and southwestern Kansas where open salt flats or sandy areas near water occur. The Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism has designated wetlands within Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Reno, Rice and Stafford counties, and all lands and waters within the current active channel of those reaches of the Cimarron River in Clark, Comanche and Meade counties, as critical habitat for snowy plovers. Warren Conway, a professor at Texas Tech, has been collaborating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Wildlife Research Units in Texas and Kansas over the past 20 years researching snowy plovers. He and his research assistant report a 75-80 percent decline in populations on three saline lakes in the Texas panhandle.


How the New Acting EPA Chief Differs From Scott Pruitt
EPA Deputy Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, steps in as the acting chief of an agency that has been central to President Trump’s signature campaign promise of stripping away regulations. Wheeler is expected to serve in an acting capacity as head of EPA until President Trump nominates a new agency chief, who must then be confirmed by the Senate. That process could take months and potentially stretch past the November midterm elections. Wheeler is viewed as a consummate Washington insider who avoids the limelight and has spent years effectively navigating the rules. While it is likely that Wheeler could be effective in implementing Mr. Trump’s deregulatory agenda, one potential obstacle to his being nominated by the president to fill the job permanently is his record of opposing Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign.


Residents of World Cup Host City Asked to Conserve Water
Residents of the World Cup host city of Samara were being urged to take showers in pairs because the influx of fans was putting a strain on water supplies. The Samara Communal Systems utility company says the combination of a heatwave and "thousands of guests" have meant its providing 10 percent more cold water than normal. That's causing water pressure to drop in some neighborhoods. Samara hosted England's quarterfinal win against Sweden last Saturday.


KRWA Training Calendar


July 11: Arkansas City
Drinking Water Regulations - Distribution System Maintenance


July 11 & 12: Concordia 
Understanding and Troubleshooting Electrical Motors and Variable Speed Drives


July 17: Salina
Operation and Maintenance of Wells and Distribution Systems


July 18: Dodge City
Competent Person For Trenching and Excavation 


July 19: Dodge City
Confined Space Entry


July 25 - 26: Dodge City
Understanding and Troubleshooting Electrical Motors and Variable Speed Drives


Drought Monitor
According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, severe and extreme drought conditions continue to expand into a larger portion of northeastern Kansas, while some minor improvements were noted in south-central portions of the state. Four and a half inches of rain fell Thursday with a storm that stalled over parts of Lane and Ness Counties. Heavy rains earlier last week led to more flooding in Hill City, a northwest Kansas town that's been hit by floods at least twice this year. Temperatures are expected to average above normal across Kansas this week. The latest CPC 6–10-day outlook favors chances for above normal temperatures, while the latest NWS WPC 7-Day Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) indicates no significant chances for precipitation. This week's map is a depiction of the departure from normal precipitation for Kansas, since Oct. 1, 2017, from NOAA/NWS/AHPS. 

Kansas: Water Year to Date (Oct. 1) Departure from Normal Precipitation.

Current U.S. Drought Monitor maps for:
Arkansas River Basin, High Plains Region, North-Central Region and Southern Plains Region