Water Supply & Drought Data
The Midwest is experiencing the worst drought since 1956. The Cottonwood/Neosho River Water Assurance District lake levels have dropped significantly, triggering the drought declaration. In addition, very little inflows are going into these water assurance district lakes.
Chanute has a Conservation Plan that is put into effect in times of drought. There are three stages. These stages are put into effect by various trigger events listed in the plan.
As levels decline, more restrictive stages of the plan will be put into effect, including mandatory water restrictions. You can see the State drought updates at the Kansas Water Office Drought Page.
This Water Warning will continue until conditions in the Cottonwood/Neosho River Basin improve to the point that the Drought Declaration is lifted by the Governor. This will take rain events large and long enough to produce run off over the entire Cottonwood/Neosho River Basin. A single rain event will not end the drought. As the drought lengthens, further measures may be needed.