Thursday, October 23, 2014

State drops Ottawa ‘Water Watch’

By The Herald Staff | 6/23/2014

With a wetter-than-normal June across much of the state, the Kansas Water Office has rescinded a Water Watch that had been in effect since November 2011, according to the City of Ottawa’s utility department.

In light of the state’s action, the City of Ottawa will cease its weekly drought updates, David Buehler, the city’s water treatment superintendent, said in an email.

With a wetter-than-normal June across much of the state, the Kansas Water Office has rescinded a Water Watch that had been in effect since November 2011, according to the City of Ottawa’s utility department.

In light of the state’s action, the City of Ottawa will cease its weekly drought updates, David Buehler, the city’s water treatment superintendent, said in an email.

“As always, we will continue monitoring reservoir levels and water conditions in our community and will resume updates as conditions merit,” Buehler said in the email.

Ottawa received 1.15 inches of rain Sunday, according to the city’s water treatment plant, which collects daily temperature and moisture data for the city.

Sunday’s rainfall boosted Ottawa’s June total to 7.55 inches, well above the community’s monthly average of 5.18 inches. The city remains about 5 inches behind normal moisture for the year at 13.95 inches — more than half of which has been recorded this month.

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