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Emergency planning begins for continuation of drought

December 18, 2012

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While emergency management officials are focusing on preparations for snow and ice, state officials are urging water districts to review and update plans for reacting to the drought, which is expected to continue into 2013.

With all 105 Kansas counties still under a drought emergency, most of the state’s public water supply systems already have conservation and drought emergency plans, said Kansas Water Office director Tracy Streeter.

“We would encourage cities and rural water districts to review those plans based on their drought experience this last year and update them if needed,” Streeter said. “In addition, the state updated its drought plan this last year and will continue to monitor the situation.”

Water conservation and drought response plans are developed at the local level to meet the needs of individual systems’ users and their local supply, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Streeter said each local water supplier is responsible for monitoring the water supply and making appropriate reductions to meet citizens’ needs.

“It is important to emphasize the message that all Kansans play a role in water conservation and drought mitigation,” Streeter said. “We encourage them to take appropriate steps to be prepared for continued drought if they haven’t done so already.”

Kansas Department of Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman also is carefully watching the state’s water supply.

“We can’t make it rain,” Rodman said, “but we can work together across state government and with our partners in Kansas and in the federal government to assure all Kansans have access to necessary tools to respond to the drought today and prepare for the future.”

Dave Sterbenz, emergency management director in Shawnee County, said officials have begun talking about what measures might be needed if the drought continues in preparation for the “worst-case scenario.”

Sterbenz said some lake and reservoir levels near Topeka are critically low, causing some discussion of installing pumps to help release the water into area streams and rivers.

“I think people even now need to start looking at water usage,” Sterbenz said. “It’s an individual responsibility.”

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mikekt 1 year, 4 months ago

By the way, the rubber gasket shove in end type joints available on plastic piping, can deflect X # of degrees, from straight on, to allow a pontooned floating siphon line & intake valve to bend some (?) & suck water in, just bellow the surface of a lake & drop some, as the lake drops ....& still be sealed for suction because the line can flex some at the pipe joints .

How a siphon line would discharge below a dam , is another issue, as nature abhors a washed out dam face, that is downstream from dammed up water. Badly! That is a fact, wether water is being pumped over or siphoned out of a dammed up lake.

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mikekt 1 year, 4 months ago

To begin with, siphoning water out of reservoirs, as opposed to pumping it out, might be a better idea & use of energy. It takes a valve at either end of the siphon line, so the siphon line can be primed from water pumped into it at a T-fitting & third valve at the high point of the line, for sealing off the filling port, once the line is primed.

We are talking about having to move lots of water here, to sustain the min. flow of a river

Use x amount of non rustable, reasonably sized, large plastic pipe lines, that could be valve controlled in use, .......& taken apart later & salvaged for reuse as city sewer lines, somewhere, or stored for future reuse ?

City of Lawrence is, as I understand it, is in the process of floating the ideas, engineering wise, of installing wells in in low spots, where the water table is closest to the surface.

Well water is probably cleaner to start with than river water, to treat, has a constant warm temperature that helps to control water main breakage, in the depth of winters cold, by controlling the output temperature of the water from the treatment plants by mixing it with colder surface waters.

It's hard to fight a fire without adequate resources of water........as a fact. Ditto for toilet flushing. So......don't let this issue get lost somewhere, because even the Romans understood the need thousands of years ago, for adequate water & sewer systems to support large cities & towns.

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kernal 1 year, 4 months ago

A complete sprinkling ban results in underground sprinkler systems breaking and leaking water, meters sinking and lines breaking as well as building foundations cracking. I hope we don't reach that point.

The public needs to be educated on how to conserve in their homes and businesses. I've lived where water is precious and if you wasted it, your service was shut off for three days. That is part of living with "an inconvenient truth".

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kufan1146 1 year, 4 months ago

Hopefully a sprinkling ban is put into place this Spring until lakes reach the necessary levels. I still can't believe there wasn't one last summer.

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