City Asking People To Voluntarily Conserve Water

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

The city is taking immediate action to try to conserve the city's water supply but isn't ready to adopt drastic methods.

The city wants you to voluntarily start cutting back on water use.

All the brown grass is about to get a little greener now that there's some moisture in the ground but city leaders warn we are still in a drought and the time to start cutting back on water is now.

"We truly are in the third year of a drought and it would probably be a real good idea for folks to start looking at their outside water use. That's gonna have the biggest short term impact on our short term water supplies,” Director of Public Works and Utilities Alan King said.

The Public Works and Utilities department is drafting up a plan now. The goal is to convince people to voluntarily conserve water. They are looking into putting messages in water bills, sending fliers in the mail, and meeting with different groups letting them know the problems with the water supply and ways they can help by cutting back on their water use.

"Yeah I would certainly be open to it,” Wichita resident Kelli Hernandez said.

"It might help with some people. I know there are some people that are very particular about their yard and like to water every day and every night,” Wichita resident Vincent Bennett said.

The public works department still has to present their plan to city council. That could be as soon as next week. If it's approved, they'll keep track of how well the voluntary plan is working. It could still be necessary for city council to take other actions like mandatory restrictions or raising the water rates.

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