The Kansas Water Office has presented the first draft of its 50-year "water vision" plan that aims to ensure residents have a reliable water supply in the future.
According to the document, if measures are not urgently taken the state will face a serious water crisis. Projections of water supply and demand show that by 2050 the Ogallala Aquifer, a vital water source for Kansas, will be 70 percent depleted and all state reservoirs will be 40 percent filled with sediment, according to the Associated Press. In order to prevent this from happening, the Kansas Water Office has proposed more than 170 strategies for water management, including reducing the state's water consumption by 20 percent by 2065. The plan also features a more rigid conservation approach, consisting of a series of voluntary and involuntary measures, as well as more efficient reservoir management.
The proposals were put together during 160 meetings held across Kansas. Susan Metzger, leader of the state Vision Team, explained that the team has been pooling suggestions and gathering recommendations from stakeholders of all water uses to compile the first draft of the plan. The Water Office will be holding more meetings from July 7, during which the draft plan will be presented. Attendees will be invited to give their input on the matter, the Kansas Water Office said in a statement.