WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell is asking residents to continue supporting water conservation efforts.
He addressed the issue during his weekly press conference.
“While our area has been blessed with recent rainfall, I want to stress the importance of continued water conservation efforts,” Longwell said. “As you recall, it wasn’t that long ago when we were dealing with major drought conditions, and questions remain about a dependable future water source. “
Heavy rainfall over the last few weeks has helped the city’s water supply. Cheney Lake, one of the City’s two primary water sources, gained more than 5.5 billion gallons since the beginning of the month.
The mayor says steps should be taken now to minimize water usage.
“Just by turning off sprinklers, we can let nature water our lawns and gardens without having to use any of the drinking water supply. There is no real need for homeowners to run their sprinkler systems at this time,” Longwell said.
Another way to conserve water is to participate in the water rebate program. Customers are eligible for up to $500 in rebates for water-efficient devices and appliances. Currently, there is a little more than $65,000 available.
By visiting www.SaveWichitaWater.com, residents can learn more about the city’s conservation efforts, find recommendations for conserving water, and find information about the rebate program.