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Hays Water Supply Dwindling

Cedar Bluff water release for Hays March 4, 2013.

Cedar Bluff water release for Hays March 4, 2013.

The city of Hays is concerned its water resources could run dry.

Despite some spring rains and the water release from Cedar Bluff Reservoir in early March, Utilities Director Bernie Kitten says Hays residents can expect a water warning or water emergency by fall:

Kitten reviewed the city’s current water supply status with Hays City Commissioners last week.  City officials used the work session to discuss a number of water issues, including an update to the drought response plan.

 

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  • http://hayspost.com Why

    Why is the City of Hays letting people water there lawns? Something does not make sense!!!

    • Open Minded

      Because they are reactive. Not proactive. Remember the jail and the EMS building?

    • A

      I agree, if its getting that bad, bad watering. Several times I have seen people with their sprinklers on in the heat of the day.

  • voter

    but green grass is important……..pfffftttttt

  • Citizen

    “Hays residents can expect a water warning or water emergency by fall:” So I guess the City can predict how much rain we are going to get this summer.

  • Uncle Thomas

    There is a water concern in Hays?

    • Uncle Thomas

      Woke up at 5:00am each day this week for a morning bike ride. I love the fact most are still in bed and the roads in Hays are basically empty. One of the reasons I frequently return to Hays every opportunity…this week DQ, McDonald’s south, City of Hays and a multitude of residences were all watering the streets of Hays. Later on in the morning when I met a friend for coffee at Starbucks at the FHSU Union…hundreds of gallons of water were watering the lawn at the inner quad and the flower gardens…the fountains were all flowing.
      WAKE UP CITY OF HAYS! THE COMMISSIONERS DONT WANT TO POST NAMES OF THE HIGHEST USERS FOR FEAR OF LOSING VOTES. THE COMMISSIONERS DONT WANT TO MAKE A MOVE FOR FEAR OF UPSETTING A CONSTITUENT.
      SICKENING THE CITY OF HAYS HAS NO ONE TO MAKE A DECISION.

      • inkslinger

        if i could click the thumbs up button a million times i would. Uncle thomas thank you for doing something for the city of hays. we must be the only two tho

      • I agree

        UT, I agree with you. I recently graduated from FHSU and I couldn’t help but notice how much they watered the concrete. Sorry Dr. Hammond, no matter how much you water it, the cement will not grow. I also worked in construction. We did a lot of projects on Thunderbird. You want to talk about water wasting, H-o-l-y C-o-w. The SHCC crowd NEEEEEEDS that green green fescue and bluegrass.

      • Ashley

        I believe FHSU collects the water from the air conditioning units and reuses it to water their lawns and such. I’m sure it’s not enough to water everything though…but we just have to keep it looking beautiful so enrollment numbers go up every year. Kids don’t want to attend an ugly campus! =P

        • Uncle Thomas

          My dear Ashley thank you for the insight ;)! If the university wants plush green lawns why didn’t they recycle the turf they peeled from Lewis Field? Yes not only is there new turf on the indoor practice field, but Lewis Field is receiving a new turf as well.

  • Cal

    By all means, lets continue to expand HaysMed.

  • Countryboy

    Just like in Munjor Been asked to not to water outside because the state is monitoring water wells outside of town. Just amazes me the people that don’t think it matters because they use “WELL WATER” Wake up the supply well are on the edge of town from what I understand. That means to me whether you use your well or the city’s well it still comes out of the same aquifer. Just using up water so your lawn can be green. I hope you can afford to buy my house when the water supply is shut off.

    • Uncle Thomas

      Aquifer…hmmm! Are you suggesting we should all be treated equally? No water on the sports fields, no water on the golf courses, no water for private pools, no outdoor watering at FHSU…

      • Countryboy

        That is my thoughts exactly. My lawn is a few weeds and bare spots and my neighbors say I need to take pride in my lawn and water it a take care of it. But I would just soon take a bath. Also I like to have water to drink and ice cubes to keep my beverages cold.

      • inkslinger

        household water should be the only water used, that does not include a green lawn, i cant wait until showers are shut off because there is no water he he heh

        • Uncle Thomas

          Ink that is way to harsh! What about my dirty car, my vegetable garden (commissioner schwaller said I could plant one), my driveway needs warshed down (yes warshed is what we say in Hace), what about…?

          • haysite

            Schwaller owns Hays, right?

          • reality

            schwaller is one of the corrupted officials. The business’s he serves rely on water for their construction projects. You can’t go telling the people who buy from you “no”. Besides him and his country club buddies want a green, green to chip off of. How dare you sugest interfering with the elitist’s golf games.

            They’re all scum bags who thing they know everyting. I bet they rolled their eyes at Bernie Kitten’s presentation. They wouldn’t dare take advise from someone “below” them.

          • Uncle Thomas

            I don’t believe Hank is selling to the contractors. Schwaller’s was turned in to Heartland long after his grandfather interests were sold off.
            His grandfather does or did have quality rental proper many moons ago, I believe Hank IV manages granddads properties which are now graded at C properties at best by the Uncle Thomas Rental Grading Association of America.

  • Really?

    If we are gonna be in that position in a couple months, start taking actions now. 100% ban watering of lawns for everyone!

    • Uncle Thomas

      WAIT…we cant ban lawn watering! The city will first issue a new lawn permit to the new Commerce Bank at 22nd Vine. They will take all the water they want to water the sidewalks, Vine St and passing vehicles…which creates a safety issue when traffic is not expecting it.

  • Uncle Thomas

    Should Commerce Bank begin watering I suggest we picket Commerce Bank and City Hall!

    • lol

      Looking good uncle!

      • Uncle Thomas

        This is so much fun! Nice way to kill time in the hotel on my nights in Hace. What is even more fun are the attacks I receive. This is like having a nose ring in ol truby…pull em this way and then dat. They assume I am a 50 year old male…:)

        • lol

          I see, well keep it up you make the Post worth reading.

  • Wow

    What kind of water restrictions is Hays on right now? I live in Ellis and our city council was smart enough to put stage 3 into effect before summer arrived!

    • countryboy

      So did Russell

  • Uncle Thomas

    AGAIN THIS MORNING DOZENS OF BUSINESSES AND RESIDENCES WATERING THE SIDEWALKS AND STREETS!

    IF WE HAVE AN ORDINANCE CAN WE PLEAS INFORCE IT?

    27TH STREET TO CANTERBURY TO 8TH TO HALL…very easy to see staying on only four streets.

  • T-ME-UP

    WOW! How long has this been an issue in Hays? Folks water in western Kansas is and has become the new GOLD. This is a serious issue! When is someone going to grow a pair and make the decision to get the water here. Double the bill is cheap compared to hauling it in by the truck load. Please someone pony up on this deal and lets become pro-active. If not Hays will become a ghost town. Its already happening in west Texas. Lets take advantage and use our brains. Green grass, clean cars, not important when its this bad. It will improve.

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