November 30, 2020 – The City of Decatur is asking water customers to reduce their water use due to drought conditions in Lake Decatur.
Decatur and Central Illinois have received below-average rainfall since mid-August. This is causing water levels in Lake Decatur to be 1.3 feet below the normal winter level. According to the City of Decatur, the water level is declining at a rate of .29 inches per day and will continue to drop until our area sees significant precipitation. Unfortunately, that isn’t expected to happen anytime soon. According to the National Weather Service, below-average precipitation is expected for Central Illinois through at least Christmas day. The lake is still 69% full due to its increased depth from the recently completed Basins 1 through 4 dredging projects, so this is a precautionary measure by the City in case drought continues for an extended period of time.
Lake Decatur, the primary source of water for the City of Decatur and the Village of Mt. Zion. The city is requesting residential customers conserve when possible until further notice.
In addition, the 24 largest water customers, such as major employers such as ADM and Tate & Lyle, have been asked for their assistance in conservation as well.
Residential customers are asked to consider these conservation tips:
- Repair leaking faucets, toilets and water pipes.
- Install water-efficient toilets and showerheads.
- Operate washing machines and dishwashers only when full.
- Take short showers instead of baths.
- Don’t let water continue to run while washing hands, shaving or brushing teeth.