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City Seeks Residents' Help With Drought Response

Contact: Ben Nelson, Public Works & Utilities |

​The City of Wichita has scheduled six public meetings to seek residents’ views on how the region should respond to prolonged drought conditions. City officials also want to gather information about how residents are affected by the drought and to generate ideas for extending the water supply. The public feedback will be presented to City Council members as they deliberate about the drought response.

The Wichita region is in the third year of a prolonged drought. It is unclear when the drought will end or how severe it will be. The hot, dry weather since 2011 has depleted the City’s water supply. Cheney Reservoir, which supplies Wichita with about 60% of its supply, is expected to cease yielding drinking water in August 2015 - if weather conditions and water usage do not change.

There is one meeting in each of the six City Council districts. Residents are encouraged to participate in any of the six meetings. Each meeting will provide the same information and will solicit ideas from participants about how to respond to the drought conditions.

April 16

  • District I: Atwater City Hall (2755 E. 19th Street N) from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • District IV: Alford Library (3447 S. Meridian) from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

April 17

  • District III: WATER Center (101 E. Pawnee) from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • District II: Fire Station #20 (2255 S. Greenwich) from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

April 18

  • District V: Fire Station #21 (2110 N. 135th Street W) from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • District VI: Evergreen Recreation Center (2700 N. Woodland) from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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