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Brownback Praises Wichita's Water Plan

The Wichita Public Works and Water Utility staff made a presentation of their drought plan Friday to Gov. Sam Brownback's Drought Response Team.

The presentation in Topeka was a condensed version of the plan they presented to the Wichita City Council last Tuesday.

Gov. Brownback praised the Wichita plan and says it's a model that should be shared with other communities in Kansas.

The plan includes alternatives for reducing water demand and increasing water supply to address both the current drought and future needs.

Kansas State University Climatologist, Mary Knapp, also made a presentation and said the recent heavy snowfall didn't do much to improve Wichita's water situation.

"[There was] very little improvement at all in the stream flows, very little improvement in the reservoir level. They did not enjoy quite as much moisture as the rest of it," says Knapp.

She says little relief from the drought is expected through at least May.