News Releases

7/19/2013 - Water Watch Update

Contact:  Martha Tasker, Director of Utilities
Phone:  (785) 309-5725



On July 6, 2012, the City of Salina issued a “Water Watch” in an attempt to heighten public awareness of water supply conditions and to ask for voluntary reductions in water use to avoid implementing mandatory restrictions. In order to keep citizens informed, the City of Salina is providing weekly reports on weather conditions, river flows and water usage. 



July 5 – July 11

July 12 – July 18

Precipitation (in)

0.64 – 0.74

0.18 – 0.33

Temperatures (F)

91 - 108

86 - 99

Kanopolis Lake Level Elevation (1)



River Flow (cfs2)

16 - 19

28 - 136

Water Treated (MGD3)

7.95 – 10.00

6.71 – 8.76

Average Water Treated

8.65 MGD

7.55 MGD

                        (1) Conservation pool elevation of 1,463.00

                        (2) Smoky Hill River Flow at Mentor Gauge (cfs - cubic feet per second)

                        (3) MGD – Million gallons per day

Last week had normal to above-normal temperatures and two days of precipitation. The “Water Watch” is in place due to the river flow being below 30 cfs and above 20 cfs (triggers Water Warning).  Last week, the release from Kanopolis Lake ranged from 45 cfs to 49 cfs.  The maximum release for the month of July is 50 cfs.  The Mentor Gauge increased to 136 cfs due to a rain event and then declined to a range of 25 cfs to 30 cfs.  The goal is to have a minimum of 20 cfs at the Mentor Gauge.  The Kanopolis Lake level continues to drop.  Approximately 60 percent of the city’s water supply comes from the Smoky Hill River, and flows in the river are affected by how much water is released from Kanopolis Lake.

The City of Salina continues to encourage water customers to practice water conservation, especially regarding lawn watering and other outdoor uses. 


The City recommends that private domestic well users follow the same practices as the public water users, as the water comes from the same aquifer.


The high temperatures are expected to be between 93 and 100 degrees this week, and three days of precipitation are forecasted. Overall conditions warrant that the “Water Watch” remain in effect until further notice.