Reservoirs, Kansas, and the 2010 Census PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave M   
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 01:34

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Why is the condition and sustainability of our reservoirs becoming a critical issue for Kansas ?  For one thing, there's a lot more of us than there were ten years ago - 164,700 more people, to be exact.  The 2010 census data for Kansas were released Thursday by the US Census Bureau, and Kansas has grown a bit since the last census in 2000, from 2,688,418 to 2,853,118 people.

  • Seven of the top ten counties that gained population over the past decade rely on state, federal, and local reservoirs (directly or indirectly) as a source of their drinking water.

  • Nine of these top ten counties that gained population over the past decade had population growth rates of 10% or greater.

  • Based on an average domestic water use of 81 gallons per person per day, the 2000-2010 increase of 164,700 people represents an additional demand of nearly 5 billion gallons of drinking water per year, while simultaneously, the reservoirs in our state slowly lose capacity due to siltation.

Kansas census data map

Image: Population density of Kansas

 

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