water consumption

9:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Oklahoma: Texas County uses the most water and is working to conserve

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Farmers in Texas County, Oklahoma, face three big challenges: wind, not much rain, and heat, but in the last two decades they've reduced water consumption by 60%.
Even in good years, Texas County, in the center of the Oklahoma Panhandle, is one of the driest, windiest parts of the state. But the county, sitting atop the Ogallala Aquifer, is also the state's heaviest user of water.
Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

The current flow of water in Amarillo

The water level at Lake Meredith near Borger, Texas, had dropped below the lake's intake rendering it useless as a water source for cities. Photo taken on Tuesday, Sept., 28, 2012.
Credit Robert W Hart / texastribune.org

Water is being pumped from Lake Meredith to supplement water wells in Amarillo.  The Canadian River Municipal Water Authority reported recent rains have raised the water level at Lake Meredith from last year’s record low of 26 feet a current level of 43.5 feet according to a recent article from the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

The water game: East vs. West

Credit k-state.edu

One thing that mixes into the Kansas water debate is where you live.  I have a neighbor from eastern Kansas who works hard to get things that grow wild in pastures of her childhood home to simply survive in her western Kansas flower bed. 

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10:57 am
Tue July 29, 2014

It's a busy time in Logan for water witchers and well diggers

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What is seen to some as hocus-pocus, helps farmers and ranchers find water in Logan.
LOGAN -- Quests for water during years of dry conditions have kept two Logan men busy. Terry Gottschalk, a well driller, and Phil Altman, a water witcher, often are colleagues on the same job. "I tell people I would not drill a well without having it witched. Otherwise, you're just shooting ...
6:24 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A water-centered economy

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The Kansas economy relies on water and for more than a generation, experts have warned that western Kansas' economic resource is vanishing. The Hutchinson News and the Salina Journal are delving into the issues surrounding the declining Ogallala Aquifer and how it affects Kansas. Water: Past, present, and future begins today with a look at a water-centered economy.
ULYSSES - A century ago, when Clay Scott's great-grandfather homesteaded the this area of semiarid western Kansas, he relied on the mercy of the sky. Click here to view all stories in our series It wasn't easy. There were plenty of years when rain came sparingly. Yet, as thousands of far ...
Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Water Basics 101

This map portrays the volume of water being depleted from rivers, lakes and aquifers on a daily basis (MGD = million gallons per day).
Credit EPRI, 2014

Math helps us understand the causes of water shortages, how much water we’re wasting, as well as predict flooding.  The big picture can be seen when you grasp how much water is falling as rain or snow, moving into rivers or aquifers, and how much is being used in cities, industry and farms.  An explanation of the current water situation from the National Geographic can be found here.   

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