HAYS, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas state drought task force will meet regularly to discuss ways to deal with the ongoing drought.
Gov. Sam Brownback said at a meeting Thursday that the task force will meet on a regular basis because the drought in many respects is more severe than the droughts of the 1930s and 1950s.
Brownback spoke during a conference call with other state officials to talk about drought conditions in Kansas.
The Hays Daily News reports that Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office and chairman of the task force, said at least 200 water supply systems in Kansas have also entered conservation phases. At least nine are in emergency situations, restricting or banning outside water uses.