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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) State officials say the intense drought that's hit Kansas could continue and force expensive water production projects and conservation efforts.
Governor Brownback said Friday the state should work to convince farmers, industry and Kansans to conserve water and that cities will need to work on developing and improving water sources.
Brownback also suggested starting publicity campaigns asking farmers to consider planting less water-intensive crops.
The governor's call to action came after Wichita officials showed Brownback's Drought Response Team how the drought could dry out Cheney Reservoir by 2015 if it continues.
State climatologist Mary Knapp says the drought that's hit Kansas could continue for several more years.