Wichita Water Revenue Short $2M

Wichita’s water revenue for the first half of 2013 is about $2 million short of projections thanks to a rainy summer and conservation efforts.

Ben Nelson, with Wichita’s water department, told the City Council on Tuesday indoor water use and outdoor irrigation combined are down almost 22 percent. Nelson says water usage in Wichita this summer topped 2012 on only two days out of 150.

The Wichita Eagle reports city officials are pledging no emergency rate increases because they’re confident the water fund’s reserves and consistent pricing will cover the shortfall.

City officials said earlier this year that Cheney Reservoir, which provides more than half Wichita’s drinking water, would go dry in 2015 if a prolonged drought continued. Cheney water levels are back to normal since the recent rainfalls.