TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with lingering snow into the late evening. Up to an inch will be possible. Low: 23. Winds: North 5-10 mph.
THANKSGIVING DAY: Mostly sunny and colder. High: 27. Winds: Northwest 10-15 mph.
Level of Lake Springfield Lowest All Year
The blistering hot temperatures from this past summer are long gone. But the water level at Lake Springfield is still significantly lower than it should be. CWLP leaders are asking customers to continue restricting their water use.
The water level is the lowest it's been all year. Lake Springfield is three feet, nine inches below full pool. There's one reason for it. That's a lack of rain.
There are a number of options to wash down lunch at Cafe Moxo in Springfield.
Employees will serve water, but they don't offer it.
CWLP asked restaurants to give water only to the customers who ask for it. It's one of the restrictions on water use that's been in place for four months.
"It kind of changed a little how we talk to customers," Cafe Moxo owner Mark Forinash said. "We can't just go up to them and say, 'Do you want a water.'"
The rule isn't changing the way Forinash is doing business. But, he's listening for further water restrictions.
"I understand if it gets bad enough, we may have to change the way our recipes are," Forinash said. "If that's the case, we'd love to help out."
CWLP employees are checking the water level of Lake Springfield every two hours.
"Where it would become critical is if we get into June, July without rainfall," CWLP Water Division Manager Ted Meckes said. "We're monitoring, hoping we get some rain."
Meckes said it'll take substantial rain or snow to bring the level back to pool.
If that doesn't happen?
"Our next level would be surcharges for raising the rates to promote conservation," he said.
CWLP customers can still only wash their cars and water their lawns on certain days. Another rule is to fix leaks at their homes on time.
CWLP is sending letters to customers who might have leaks, based on their water use. But, the utility hasn't issued any tickets for violating the restrictions.