The Salina City Commission took steps to apply water restrictions to private well owners when the city is in a warning or emergency.
The city has two major sources of water, the Smoky Hill River and groundwater.The wells use only groundwater.
Director of Utiltites Martha Tasker says that limiting the wells intake could help the city in these dry conditions.
"That's really our goal, to extend that groundwater supply as long as possible and, in the event, then the Smoky Hill River has a chance to be replenished," Tasker said. "We have no indication of when the drought will break. When will we get rain. If we knew that answer then it would solve all of our problems.
There are three different water restriction levels, the first is a watch, when all water restriction is voluntary. The second is a warning, at that stage people can water their lawns three days a week. The most extreme is an emergency. During that time people are prohibited from watering their lawn.
Dan Ade uses a private well to water his sprinkler instillation business, and he doesn't think the new restrictions are necessary.
He says that if you were to turn on all of the wells at the same time, in order to pump a foot of water, it would take all of the wells pumping at 25 gallons a minute.
After passing the ordinance through the first reading, the city commission will have a second reading next Monday.