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Emergency planning beings for next year's drought

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Most emergency preparations this time of the year focus on winter weather.

But state and local officials are already discussing ways to protect the state's dwindling water supplies if the drought persists through next year.

Kansas Water Office director Tracy Streeter says most public water supply systems in Kansas have conservation and drought emergency plans in place.

But he says the state is encouraging water districts to review those plans based on last year's drought and update them if needed. Streeter says the drought is predicted to continue next year.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/UIMEnJ ) that all 105 Kansas counties remain in a state drought emergency. And some communities are continuing to limit certain water uses, such as for outdoor watering.