Due to the persistent drought which is not expected to end in the near term, Governor Brownback sent a letter on December 21 to public water suppliers across the state encouraging them to take steps to reduce water usage. The letter asks public water suppliers to evaluate their water supply and review their water conservation plans and its drought response triggers and actions. If assistance is needed in evaluating a water supply or help developing or modifying a water conservation plan, please contact the Kansas Water Office at 1-888-526-9283 or email us at: KWO-Mailer
We have had more than 300 responses to the Governor's letter and have updated and/or created over 160 water conservation plans and drought contingency plans at the request of public water suppliers since the letter was sent.
Kansas Weekly Drought Update: December 5, 2013
The Climate and Drought Update is produced at least monthly as a climate summary to reflect conditions in the State. When conditions warrant updates will be posted more frequently.
The Season Drought Outlook, developed by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center (NOAA CPC), assesses the likelihood for improvement, persistent or deterioration in drought conditions for areas currently experiencing drought as identified by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Water Conservation Stages - 9/4/2013
August 26, 2013
The map above (left) shows communities and rural water districts who have initiated their own water conservation measures to extend their water supply during this record drought. Appendix A of the Kansas Weekly Drought Update provides a list of known conservation stages for communities and water suppliers (notifications to state or in the press). The Governor and the Kansas Water Office encourages all communities and water suppliers to help the State get through the extreme drought.
Helpful Documents and Links (Additional links are located in the KWO Drought Update Above)
The Kansas Water Office has the statutory responsibility to monitor conditions and inform the Governor when drought conditions are present in the state. The Director of the Kansas Water Office serves as Chair of the Governor’s Drought Response Team, an interagency group charged with coordinating drought response activities in Kansas.
KANSAS DROUGHT UPDATE - Past Reports
Reports from 2010 - 2012 are also available below: 11/22/2013; 11/4/2013; 10/18/2013; 10/4/2013; 9/20/2013; 9/6/2013; 8/16/2013; 8/2/2013; 7/19/2013; 7/5/2013; 6/14/2013; 6/3/2013; 5/17/2013; 5/3/2013; 4/22/2013; 4/2/2013; 3/14/2013; 3/1/2013; 2/14/2013; 2/4/2013; 1/24/2013; 1/3/2013; 12/14/2012; 12/3/2012; 11/15/2012; 11/2/2012; 10/26/2012; 10/19/2012; 10/12/2012; 10/2/2012; 9/21/2012; 9/14/2012; 9/4/2012; 8/24/2012; 8/17/2012; 8/10/2012; 8/3/2012; 7/27/2012; 7/20/2012; 7/13/2012; 7/3/2012; 6/15/2012; 6/1/2012; 5/18/2012; 5/4/2012; 4/13/2012; 3/30/2012; 3/16/2012; 3/2/2012; 2/3/2012; 2/30/2011-1/19/2012; 2011 Drought Reports; 2010 Drought Reports.
Governor's Drought Team
The Team meets on a regular basis either through conference calls or in-person meetings to address current drought condition issues.
April 25, 2013 - Governor's Drought Team Conference Call Meeting, 11:00 am, KWO Conference Room, 901 S. Kansas Avenue, Topeka, KS
April 4 - USDA-RMA Director met with the Governor, Sheridan 6 and commodity organizations to address crop insurance importance, Topeka, KS
March 15 - Governor's Drought Response Team Meeting/Conf. Call, 10:00 am, KWO Conference Room, 901 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS
March 1 - Governor's Drought Response Team Meeting, 10:00 am, KDA, 4th Floor Conference Room, 109 SW Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS - Wichita Presentation
February 15 - Governor's Drought Response Team Meeting/Conf. Call, 10:00 am, KWO Conference Room, 901 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS
January 25 - Governor's Drought Response Team Meeting/Conf. Call, 10:00 am, KWO Conference Room, 901 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS
January 11 - Governor's Drought Response Team Meeting, 2:30 pm, Curtis State Office Building, 1000 SW Jackson, Suite 520, Topeka KS - Meeting Materials