Bloomington residents asked to conserve water

By WEEK Producer

Bloomington residents asked to conserve water

December 17, 2013 Updated Dec 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The City of Bloomington is asking residents to voluntarily conserve water.

The city is reporting that the U.S. Drought monitor continues to rate McLean County as being in a moderate drought and has been since September. In addition, they said the city’s two water reservoirs have slowly declined over the last several months.

The decrease in water levels has triggered the city’s first drought action level and caused the city to declare a moderate drought level water emergency.

The city is asking residents to voluntarily take the following actions:

• Limit the time faucets are running such as when brushing teeth;
• Fix any leaks that might be throughout your home. A simple dripping faucet at 1 drip every 6 seconds can waste almost a gallon of water per day;
• Wash clothes or dishes with only full loads in the respective washer;
• Limit the length of showers.

City officials said the goal is to decrease water consumption by 5-percent.