Water Shortage Warning Lifted Monday; Water Conservation Still Encouraged

The statewide water shortage warning was lifted Monday. The warning had been in place since July. The multi-agency water shortage committee is still holding onto a water shortage watch level.

Historic drought conditions were reported all through the state with the driest conditions in July. Most of the state received normal or above normal rainfall in August and September.

The National Weather Service indicated that the increased precipitation did not offset widespread crop damage or returned many water supply reservoirs or underground aquifers to normal levels.

You are asked to continue in your efforts to conserve water. Watering lawns should be reduced and with the cooler temperatures coming into the area, this should be easy to follow. If you clean your sidewalks or driveways with water, try to reduce those activities. Other water conservation efforts indoors should also be practiced. The conservation goal is to reduce water use by five percent.