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Decatur Issues Stricter Water Restrictions

A second stage of water restrictions will go into effect Thursday for residents and businesses that draw water from Lake Decatur. City leaders say the lake is only 63 percent full.

Decatur officials also said the Nelson Park boat ramp--the only city or park district ramp currently open--will have to close on August 13 if the lake level continues to decline.

Here's a summary of the new rules:
  • Using water to maintain lawns, landscape grass, golf course grass, athletic field grass, trees and shrubs is prohibited. Commercial gardening, landscaping, and plant nursery facilities are exempt.
  • Water can be used to maintain food-producing gardens only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The water must be poured from a bucket of 5 gallons or less.
  • Operation of both indoor and outdoor water fountains is prohibited. Drinking fountains are exempt.
  • Using water to wash building exteriors, streets, driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, and other paved surfaces is prohibited unless approved in advance by the Water Services Division. Construction sites are exempt.
  • Filling outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, and ponds is prohibited. Topping off pools and hot tubs is allowed.
  • Washing motorized vehicles is prohibited. Commercial car and truck washes are NOT exempt.
  • Restaurants may not serve water unless specifically requested by the customer.
  • The Decatur Bulk Water Station will be closed.
  • Detectable water leaks must be repaired within 72 hours of discovery.
Residents can report violations by calling the Decatur Police Department's non-emergency line at (217)424-2711.

Click here for the full list of regulations issued by the City of Decatur.

 
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