Two central Kansas towns are struggling with a lack of water after a lingering drought.


Two central Kansas towns are struggling with a lack of water after a lingering drought.

The Barton County town of Susank says residents need to cut back on all watering and fix any leaking water sources. The Russell Water District No. 3 is based in Susank. District manager Ron Nuss says if residents don't voluntarily conserve enough water, pasture and livestock watering might be limited.

The request comes after the city of Otis was told by state officials it had to reduce water use. Nuss said his water district buys water from Otis, so the order involves Susank.

The Great Bend Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/qdeFPq) that a lack of rain has depleted the Walnut Creek Basin from which Otis draws its water, causing the town's well level to drop.