News Releases

8/9/2013 - Water Watch Terminated

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. The requirements for termination of the “Water Watch” have been met.

• The Smoky Hill River flow at the Mentor Gauge has been above 30 cubic feet per second (cfs) since July 26, 2013 (13 days).
• The U.S. Drought Monitor indicates central and eastern Kansas are not in drought conditions.
• The 30-day forecast predicts below-normal to normal temperatures and normal to above-normal precipitation.
• The Kanopolis Lake level has exceeded the optimum elevation of 1467.50, and the flow control gate is open to allow water to be released (1,300 cfs) to allow the lake level to return to an elevation of 1467.50.

Water Use Regulations remain in effect.
• Outdoor watering with potable or private domestic well water shall be prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., effective between June 1 and September 30.  Upon application, a special permit shall be issued by the Director of Utilities to allow watering newly seeded lawns between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., effective June 1 through September 30.
• No customer or private domestic well owner shall allow substantial amounts of water to escape or drain from private property onto public property, including, but not limited to, public sidewalks, rights-of-way, streets, alleys, and highways; provided that the term “substantial” shall mean an amount sufficient to cause a discernible flow of water reaching the street, gutter or other drainage system.

Water customers are encouraged to practice water conservation daily. The efficient use of water has the beneficial effect of limiting or postponing additional water system expansion and the resultant increases in costs, in addition to conserving the limited water resources of the State of Kansas. 

Examples of practicing good conservation measures are as follows:
• Washing full loads of laundry/dishes
• Reusing water for watering plants
• Taking shorter showers
• Fixing a leaky faucet/toilet 
• Watering lawns, 1-inch a week, applied in shorter durations to avoid run off
• Become familiar with automatic sprinkler control system, so as to shut off when not needed
• Use a rain barrel to capture water