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ELLIS, Kansas – While many towns in central Kansas are experiencing flooding, the City of Ellis near Hays is still experiencing an extreme water shortage.
The shortage is so bad, the city council called a special meeting Thursday night to find options to fix it.
“The City of Ellis has an ongoing water shortage. Obviously, it has become more apparent during the drought this year, and we’ve always tried to be proactive in conserving our resources,” said Olavee Raub, Ellis City Attorney.
The Ellis City Council brought in an outside consultant from Wichita to help find them a solution to hopefully fix the shortage.
“You know, they, they’re in the alluvial aquifer, and the lack of rain and their shallow wells is creating water portable issues. They’re potentially faced with having to find a new source of water,” said Rusty Redding.
While the city looks at maintenance on their wells to help with water flow, digging new wells will take many years to develop and complete.
“I think they’ve taken a very proactive stance on trying to find answers to providing water to the community and making sure the city still has the water that is needed,” said Alan Schuerman, Ellis Public Works Director.