The Kansas Water Office has issued a drought watch for Hillsdale Lake and its watershed, which includes Gardner.  The counties or areas served by the Hillsdale watershed are included in this watch and should implement Stage 1 of their Conservation Plan. In response to the Kansas Water Office direction, Gardner has invoked a “Water Watch”. A “Water Watch” is the first and least restrictive step of three possible steps for water conservation. A “Water Watch” only calls for voluntary conservation, and we recommend that residents take the following measures to conserve water:


  • Homes with even addresses water lawns on even numbered days and homes with odd numbered addresses water lawns on odd numbered days
  • Report water on roadways and grassy areas that does not go away
  • Wash full loads of laundry
  • Take shorter showers
  • Don’t let faucets run
  • Fix all leaky toilets, faucets and pipes
  • Flush toilets and use garbage disposals only when necessary
  • Pick-up the phone and report significant water losses from broken pipes, open hydrants and errant sprinklers to the property owner or to the City.
  • Do one thing each day that will save water. Even if savings are small, every drop counts!
  • Install low water use shower heads


During a drought, water pipes will frequently leak due to movement of the soil. Please report any areas where water surfaces, as they may be evidence of leaks. Please help us protect our precious water commodity with voluntary conservation practices.