Responding to inquiries from civic minded citizens looking for a way to help the city of Bloomington deal with the on-going drought, the water department has come up with suggestions. Among those suggestions, don't water the lawn in the heat of the day, and avoid watering driveways and sidewalks. Hand water specific plants with a hose or bucket instead of a sprinkler. The water department also suggests residents consider letting the lawn go dormant during the dry spell by slowly cutting back on watering. Other suggestions, make that shower quicker, fix household leaks, and wash only full loads when doing laundry. Water Director Craig Cummings says he welcomes the inquiries. He says moderate drought lake levels have not been reached yet, but the lakes are below average and could reach moderate drought levels in about a week and a half unless there's significant rain.
(graph courtesy Illinois State Water Survey)
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