Bloomington residents who violate water restrictions during a severe drought will face higher fines after action by the city council. Members of the council voted to double the fines, up to $500 dollars a third offense. Those who buy water in bulk for transport to fill swimming pools and other uses would also have to pay three times the usual rate under the restrictions. In addition, water rates would double under extreme drought. Mandatory water use restrictions wouldn't kick in until the levels of Evergreen Lake and Lake Bloomington drop to 10 feet below normal. Right now those levels are about 6 feet below normal. Voluntary restrictions would be urged if water drops to 8 feet below normal levels.
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