• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

La Cygne implements water conservation plan

Updated: Oct 31

LA CYGNE – Following a declaration by Gov. Laura Kelly that Linn County is included in a Stage 2 water warning, the City of La Cygne on Wednesday, Oct. 12, activated its water conservation plan.

The plan covers all customers who have the water treatment plant at La Cygne as their water source. Those include customers in the City of La Cygne, Linn County Rural Water District No. 1, Linn County Rural Water District No. 3, and those customers in Linn Valley who get their water from La Cygne.

The Pleasanton City Council is expected to receive a report on the status of East Lake, its water supply, at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Oct. 17. City Administrator Teresa Whitaker said the Public Works Supervisor Joey Morrisey has been keeping in touch with officials about the issue.

Public Wholesale Water District No. 13, which provides water to several entities including the City of Mound City and RWD Nos. 1, 2 and 3, implemented a conservation policy over the summer which set limits on how much those systems could draw without renegotiating prices.

The La Cygne Conservation Plan actions include:

  • Outdoor watering restricted to use of a hand-held hose or bucket only.

  • Wasting water is prohibited.

  • Lawn watering and car washing are restricted to before 10 a.m. and after 9 p.m.

  • Leaks are to be repaired within 24 hours of detection.

  • An odd/even lawn watering system will be imposed on city residents.

This map of Kansas developed by the Kansas Water Office shows which counties the extended drought has impacted the most.

The governor’s Executive Order No. 22-08, which went into effect on Oct. 6, placed Linn County in the drought warning area, which included Anderson and Coffey counties along with eight others.

The order deemed Bourbon, Allen and 65 counties as being in a drought emergency. Twenty-seven counties, including Miami, Franklin and Johnson counties are in a drought watch area.

If Linn County becomes a part of the water emergency counties, further restrictions will be put into place by La Cygne. Those added measures include setting amounts of water that can be used and an increase in water rates.

“Let’s hope we don’t get there,” said Jodi Wade, La Cygne city clerk.

Much of Kansas, including Linn County, has been without substantial rain fall for most of the summer. Daytime highs in the upper 90s during those months made the water shortage even more critical. However, areas in the northeast corner of the state have caught storms moving eastward out of southern Nebraska.

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