A study by a state agency has found that the central Illinois city of Bloomington is not well prepared for a major drought, like one that hit in 1988 and lasted for two years. The study points to the city's rapid growth. It concludes that improvements like a new pumping station made after the 1988 drought would now do little to limit the city's vulnerability and warns of water shortages. The study was released last month by the Illinois State Water Survey. It recommends development of supplemental water sources. Craig Cummings, director of Bloomington's water department, says the city is working to do that. He also aims to present a draft ordinance that would make restrictions on water use an option.
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