The Kansas Water Office monitors drought conditions through numerous federal and state climate, weather, agricultural, and agency tools to compile and track pertinent conditions in Kansas. Many new tools and information sources have been developed through federal efforts in recent years that have enhanced the state’s ability to monitor conditions and help prepare for drought.
No single index defines drought for all circumstances, so multiple indices are used. Kansas monitors precipitation, stream flow, reservoir levels and soil, crop and vegetation conditions while considering the tools such as the U.S. Drought Monitor and the Seasonal Drought Outlook prepared by the National Weather Service to judge drought status.
The Climate Summary and Drought Report is compiled at least monthly, more frequently when conditions warrant, by the Kansas Water Office.
The summary report aims to provide readers with general drought conditions, a climate summary, seasonal outlooks, and water supply conditions.
The summary report also includes monthly observations of precipitation and temperature compared to average precipitation and temperature, along with a wildland fire outlook and future soil moisture predictions.
Kansas Municipal Water Conservation Plan Guidelines
For information on emergency water supplies, please call the Kansas Water Office at 785-296-3185.
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For information on emergency water supplies, please call the Kansas Water Office at 785-296-3185. Staff will determine if you are eligible and direct you to the appropriate agency.