News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, March 17, 2000
Water specialists are still analyzing regional changes in water levels by comparing this year's measurements with previous measurements. However, results of the measurement of individual wells are available at the Survey's web site at http://www.kgs.ku.edu/Magellan/WaterLevels/index.html. That data base has information on more than 100,000 water wells in the state, including those measured each January. The data base can be searched by county, by legal description, or by groundwater management district. For each well, the data base shows water level, type of well, and the well's exact location.
Other reports and information specifically about the wells measured each January is also available at http://www.kgs.ku.edu/Magellan/WaterLevels/CD/index.htm. That information can also be purchased on CD-ROM by calling the Survey at 785-864-2176.
The Survey and staff at the Division of Water Resources of the Kansas Department of Agriculture measured levels in about 1,500 wells in January 2000. The wells are measured each year to provide a snapshot of water levels in 45 western and central Kansas counties.
Most of the wells measured are used for irrigation. Wells are measured each January, after the irrigation season, to allow time for the water table to stabilize. Results of measurement are used in water management, by individual well owners, and by lending institutions and other organizations.