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Drought impacting water levels at Cheney Lake

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February 07, 2013|by Rob Marin | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(CHENEY, Kan.) — The rain Thursday was a welcome site considering the on-going drought conditions across Kansas.  The U.S. Drought Monitor still lists nearly 80% of Kansas in its two worst levels of drought conditions.

The drought is affecting places like Cheney Reservoir, where lake levels are down.  The City of Wichita has also said it may consider water restrictions later this year.


K-State Climatologist Mary Knapp spoke to a group in Pretty Prairie about the conditions and what people can do to reduce the impact.  "You can't really prevent a drought, the question is how can you withstand the impacts of the drought. One of the things people can do is look at how they're utilizing water, are they being careful, do they have conservation practices in place," she said.

Knapp says one of the biggest changes you can make is fix leaky faucets and toilets.

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