City commissioners downgrade to ‘water watch’

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In the midst of a persistent drought, the Hays City Commission earlier this year moved the city from a Stage 1 Water Watch to a more restrictive Stage 2 Water Warning.

But after much of the region received significant rainfall during the last month, commissioners Thursday voted to relax water restrictions back to the Water Watch levels.

The motion to change the city’s water-conservation status passed 3-2, with commissioners Shaun Musil and Kent Steward voting against.

Stay tuned to Hays Post and Eagle Radio for more on the developing story.

  • stupid is as stupid does

    Well, it looks like a couple inches of rain has solved our 60 year water problems!! I guess there is no limit to stupidity and ignorance on the City Commission. Just like when the responsible adults of our fine community stomped their feet and cried like spoiled 6 year olds did the Commission give in on fireworks. The same ignorance and stupidity is manifesting itself once again with the never ending water shortage issues. Guess we need to elect some smarter Commissioners, evidently they don’t understand water tables as well. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to keep the warning in place to force people to conserve what little water we have left!

    • waterwatcher

      Do you realize the aquifer hays gets it’s water from is showing all time high readings on the monitoring gauges?

      • Lefty54

        I don’t know if that statement is true or false so I would like to check it out for myself. What is your source or website that verifies your claim that the aquifer is at an all time high?

        • clight89

          USGS has monitor stations on all the Schoenchen Wells. Here is one for example.

        • waterwatcher
        • waterwatcher

          I really appreciate your openness to quality info and logic, try to spread the word! Lol. This water discussion becomes so emotional for so many people, but very few ever bother to actually look up the info themselves. The water restrictions were warranted, but our cup runs over now. Only so much water will fit in that aquifer and extreme restrictions while the river is running only sends that water to eastern Kansas. I’m not suggesting we all just waste water, but those restrictions are accomplishing nothing right now.

      • Chris

        All time highs? are you kidding me? Please define “all-time highs”

        The USGS site shows that it is no where close to the highs from just 4 years ago!

        • clight89

          Your link doesn’t work but the data I saw only goes back to 2010 and the well currently shows we are 2 ft below the highest reading. That doesn’t include the rain from Wednesday night as it’s probably still making its way into the aquifer. Either way everyone is entitled to their own opinion I’m glad your looking at data as well instead of just what you personally think.

          • Chris

            yea thats what my link was showing

        • waterwatcher

          I think you’re focusing on the periodic chart, that hasn’t been updated with the current levels. If the current levels were shown on the periodic chart, it would be at or very near all time highs. Either way, we’re a very long ways from stage 2.

  • Backhoe

    What a mistake! Well open the door. I’m sure the Kansas water office is watching. Brilliant! Just brilliant! A good house cleaning of personnel is needed!!!!!

    • No big deal

      ^ Drama much?

  • Not that big of a deal

    Honestly, let’s use a little common sense… Odds are, not much more water will get used than what is currently getting used. Focus on the not much there… But not a big difference. What the difference is, is that people will likely turn their water on and off sooner in the evenings and later in the mornings. While we aren’t done with the drought, and we do have a water problem at hand, four total extra hours for watering won’t make a huge difference.

  • truth is best policy

    I’m glad they decided to downgrade the warning level. Yes, Hays has a water problem and has had for decades, but the citizens need to know the difference between a real warning and a watch. The city needs to actively pursue alternative water resources, but should not create a perception of an immediate scarcity. I am confident that the citizens of Hays will not waster water just because the water warning is lifted. I, for one, will be grateful to be able to water my flowers before the mosquitoes get too bad.

  • glad

    I said this before and will say it again Hays does not have a water shortage. I have heard this for 30+ years look at the homes and apartments that are going up around Hays. The fined should stay in place I hate water runing down the curb.

  • Good move

    I’m glad. Now at least I can water without always having to look at a clock or over my shoulder. I’m very conservative and watch how much water I use, but always felt like a criminal trying to keep my few plants alive. We should also only have more extreme restrictions when the situation is really bad. Just like you don’t blow the tornado sirens every time the wind is over 30. Otherwise, people get lax and start to ignore it.