Possibility of water shortages in NE Kansas

The water shortages in western Kansas could spread across the state to our area.

Although there currently aren’t any restrictions on water consumption in the Topeka, Lawrence or Manhattan areas, there could eventually be.

Kansas First News reporter Vanessa Martinas tells us how you can start cutting back on how much you use, now.

It’s summer.

Helping your lawn look it’s best is on your to do list.

You’ll need to keep it well hydrated to do that.

But Eastern Kansas is facing the potential of water shortages if we don’t see a significant amount of rain.

“Instead of watering the, a wall or watering the side walk or the street, that they can set their sprinkler heads so that they are watering the grass instead of letting the water run down the concrete,” Klamm said.

Janette Klamm is the city of Lawrence’s management analyst.

She says you can still maintain a healthy looking lawn without the waste.

“If you have an irrigation system, automatic irrigation system, people should have those checked out yearly,” Klamm said.

Another thing you can do is make sure your sprinklers are working properly.

If they aren’t, you should get them fixed because they might have a leak.

“If you have a healthy lawn, it actually uses less water,” Bennett said.

Skip Bennett does part-time lawn maintenance in Lawrence.

He says reducing how much you water your lawn is basic science.

“The thickness of the lawn holds in moisture where as a spottier lawn with more bare spots in it will tend to lose water through evaporation,” Bennett said.

The capital city pumped out about 8 point 4 billion gallons in 2013.

Manhattan pumped out 2 and a half billion gallons.

Minimizing how much water you use can be as simple as changing something you do in your daily routine like washing your hands.

There was less rain in 2012 than last year.

That caused the city of Lawrence to use more water to keep lawns and gardens looking green.

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