The city of Decatur has called off the last remaining water restrictions imposed on local residents and businesses months ago due to drought. The city indicates low water use in the winter has increased Lake Decatur's level enough to allow the last restrictions to end. The city uses the lake as its primary water supply. The so-called Stage 1 restrictions included limits on lawn and sports-field watering and hosing down driveways and sidewalks. The city earlier this fall shelved tighter restrictions intended to preserve water for drinking and locally based businesses as drought lowered the lake. The drought continues to be a problem for much of the country but has eased in recent months in most of central Illinois.
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