Authorities in a central Illinois community are easing voluntary water restrictions. Decatur water management officials say the water levels in Lake Decatur have climbed, thanks in part to the snow. The city asked residents to conserve water in late October. But now, officials say the water level has increased and the lake is 73 percent full. That's within the normal winter levels. Water Management Director Keith Alexander says the cold weather has helped the lake, because melting snow runs off, rather than being absorbed by the frozen ground. He says city customers also cut water use by about 11 percent.
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