Salina to buy water rights in Kanopolis Reservoir

Kanopolis Reservoir (KSN File Photo)
Kanopolis Reservoir (KSN File Photo)

SALINA, Kan. (AP) – The city of Salina will apply to the state to join a new group that will buy water stored in the Kanopolis Reservoir.

The Salina City Commission voted Monday to join the new Lower Smoky Hill Water Supply Access District. It is a coalition of farmers, the city and other users who will buy water from the Kanopolis to use during a drought.

The city will buy 4,660 acre-feet, at an estimated cost of $2.5 million. It will also pay $216,600 a year for 20 years, and $27,960 a year for an additional 20 years.

The group of irrigators in the water access district is so far planning to buy just less than 600 acre-feet.

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