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The Water Watch and Warnings that were issued during the
summer of 2012 by the City Council has been CANCELED. We
will continue to keep citizens informed if it becomes necessary
to reinstate the Water Watch or Warning at a later date.
WATER WATCH - STAGE 1
This is the first step in our Municipal Water Conservation Plan (MWCP). In a nut shell, the Stage 1 Water Watch is a
heightening of awareness of the water conditions for the public and an effort to maintain the integrity of our water
supply. Our MWCP calls for activation of a Stage 1 Water Watch when our water reserve is less than 85%, our one-day
usage is in excess of 371,000 gallons, or the Kansas Water Office has issued a Stage 1 Water Watch. At this time
everyone should make sure they don’t have any water leaks, such as stools, faucets, hydrants, lines, etc. If you do
have any leaks you should repair them immediately. Please conserve water when you and your family can. The city will
monitor its own water usage and curtail activities such as hydrant flushing and street cleaning during the Stage 1
Another thing you can do to help is if you see water running down the street, or if you see green grass and there is
no sign that it is being watered, please call the city office. There is a possibility that there is a broken water
line and we need to get it repaired. If conditions worsen, there are 2 more stages in our contingency plan; a Stage
2 Water Warning and a Stage 3 Water emergency. These stages will be triggered by more severe water conditions, and
water conservation requirements will be expanded at that time. Check the website often for updates on this situation.
Again, we are issuing a Stage 1 Water Watch, thank you for your efforts in conserving water.
WATER WARNING- STAGE 2
The Stage 2 Water Warning issued by Resolution at the August 2012 Council Meeting has been canceled. A Water Warning is the second step in our Municipal Water Conservation Plan (MWCP). As a result of the drought declaration by the State of Kansas, the lack of inflow and predicted reservoir levels, the Kansas Water Office issued a Water Warning in August 2012 for the Cottonwood and Neosho River Basins Water Assurance District No. 3 reservoirs making the Water Warning necessary for the City of Oswego.
As part of the MWCP the City notified residents of the Water Warning by publishing the notice in the Labette Avenue and sending a letter to each household. For a copy of the letter please see the link below. Also below is a link to the ordinance that adopted the Municipal Water Conservation Plan which provides information on what may be involved if the final Stage 3 Water Emergency becomes necessary. Your assistance with voluntary water restrictions is important and we appreciate your cooperation during these times. The warning has been declared by resolution of the Governing Body to have ended at this time.