Voluntary Water Conservation Called For In Bloomington

By WEEK Producer

Voluntary Water Conservation Called For In Bloomington

August 20, 2012 Updated Aug 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- Bloomington residents are being asked to conserve water.

The City of Bloomington Water Department reports that the first drought trigger action level was reached Monday.

A combined deficit of eight feet below the spillway levels of Evergreen Lake and Lake Bloomington triggered the "moderate drought warning".

The city of Bloomington is caling for voluntary efforts to reduce water consumption by five percent.

Bloomington Water Director Craig Cummings says Bloomington residents have already cut back about 15-percent of their water consumption because of the drought.

The following suggestions were offered to further reduce water usage.

• Consider allowing the lawn to move into dormancy by slowly reducing watering. Established lawns will recover as soon as ample precipitation is received;

• Watering lawns in the cooler parts of the day, preferably before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m;

• Consider shortening the length of time that lawn watering takes place;

• Make sure sprinklers are only covering the areas that are intended to be watered. Water falling on other areas such as driveways or sidewalks is simply wasted;

• Water specific plants with a hose or water bucket instead of a sprinkler;

• Consider delaying any new plant, shrub or sod installation until precipitation returns to more normal levels;

• Utilize water activities in swimming pools or spray parks instead of hoses;

• 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;

• Washing clothes or dishes with only full loads in the respective washer;

• Limiting the length of showers.

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