WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE)- The City of Wichita is warning people to watch how much water they're using after reports show a 6% increase in water usage commercially and 12% increase residential compared to June 2022. The city has also been in stage one of a drought since January and it says with the amount of water being used stage two is closer than before.

"A couple of months ago we would say that stage two would maybe be February of 2024 but now those projections are creeping up," said Megan Lovely a spokesperson for the city. 

Now the city is saying Wichita could reach stage two by December of this year or earlier. When it reaches stage two there will be mandatory water restrictions to follow. This means people will not be able to use outside water one day a week and it can't be used at all between 10 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Water usage is also at an all time high during the summer. With the hot sun shining down, kids playing around at pools and splash pads, lawns needing to be watered, and more people tend to use more water than they do the rest of the year.

"At this time of the summer it's important to be proactive," said Andrew Semple, the service manager at Carr's Plumbing, Heat, and Air.

Small steps to save water include turning off the sink while you brush your teeth, only watering your lawn at night, limiting how long you shower, checking your toilet for leaks, and install water saving appliances. These will not only help save water but also save you money.

"When we're in a drought the city has to pay more which makes water bills more expensive," said Semple.

Wichita has a water rebate program to help with installing water conserving fixtures.