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February 12, 2013

Groundwater levels decline in central, western Kansas

Groundwater levels across western and central Kansas showed declines for the second consecutive year, according to preliminary data compiled by the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas.

Groundwater levels across western and central Kansas showed declines for the second consecutive year, according to preliminary data compiled by the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas.

In early January 2013, the KGS and the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Water Resources measured water levels in about 1,400 water wells in 47 western and central Kansas counties to document changes in groundwater levels during 2012.

The groups monitor the wells annually. Most are used for irrigation, although some are stock or abandoned wells. No domestic wells are monitored.

Over 2012, water levels in the network declined, on average, a little more than 2 feet, following a 2.25-foot drop the year before. As drought continued, regional declines ranged from 1.4 feet in the northwest to 3.56 feet in the southwest.

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