Emergency Planning

Drought Plans

Chanute has a Conservation Plan that is put into effect in times of drought. There are three stages that are put into effect by various trigger events listed in the plan.
  • Stage 1: Water Watch
    • March 27, 2013- August 19, 2013
    • July 6, 2012-August 14, 2012
  • Stage 3: Water Emergency
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Current Drought Stage

Stage 1

Past Drought Stages

Stage 2: (Aug. 15, 2012-Mar. 26, 2013)

The City of Chanute and the Office of the Governor asked all water users to cut back wherever possible to conserve what water we have. As levels decline, more restrictive stages of the plan would be put into effect, including mandatory water restrictions. You can see the State drought updates at the

This Water Warning continued until conditions in the Cottonwood/Neosho River Basin improved to the point that conservation measures could be relaxed. This takes rain events large and long enough to produce run off over the entire Cottonwood/Neosho River Basin. A single rain event does not end the drought. As a drought lengthens, further measures may be needed.