Bloomington in Snap Drought: Residents Encouraged to Conserve Water

Published 09/24 2013 06:11PM

Updated 09/24 2013 10:50PM

BLOOMINGTON – Local residents are encouraged to conserve water after weeks of little to no rain.

The city water department is labeling the current conditions as a "snap drought."

Its water supplies are about five feet down, which is farther than they should be.

Bloomington gets its supplies from both Lake Bloomington and Lake Evergreen.

Water director Craig Cummings says while Bloomington is not on the brink of an immediate drought, people are still encouraged to use resources wisely.

"In this case it was primarily starting in July into August we haven't had the hot temperatures you typically do until we got into this fall when we got into the 90's for several days,” said Cummings.  “But we are very short on rainfall, that's for sure."

The city is labeling the conditions as “moderate” because the dry weather only recently started.

Leaders say an easy tip to conserve is avoid watering your lawn, because grass goes dormant in the fall.

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