The Midwest recently experienced the worst drought since 1956. In 2012, the Cottonwood/Neosho River Water Assurance District lake levels dropped, triggering a water warning to conserve. In addition, very little inflows were 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.
Stage 1: Water Watch (Last triggered July 6, 2012)