By BECKY KISER
Evening and late night thunderstorms rolled through Hays again Thursday.
Another 0.74 inches of rain was officially recorded May 23 at the K-State Agricultural Research Center south of town.
So for in May, 6.91 inches of rain has fallen in Hays. The average for the entire month is 3.24 inches.
Year-to-date moisture is 10.54 inches. Historically, Hays will see an average of 7.81 inches of moisture by the end of May.
Rain in Hays is generally considered a good thing, but the regularity of recent rainfalls has brought a negative consequence to the city.
Kim Rupp, finance director, reported to the Hays city commission Thursday night that in April month-to-date water consumption by city customers was down 22%.
“That translates to a decrease of 8.3% in water revenues and 66.5 % in conservation rate revenues to the city,” Rupp told commissioners. “Year-to-date total consumption and revenue are down 9.2% and 2.1% respectively.”
“The year-to-date rainfall compared to last year is likely contributing to the decrease [in water use by city customers],” Rupp added.