Rain Totals a Loss?Posted:
Decatur IL – Rain in the city of Decatur has been a much needed commodity, and now we seem to be getting it. The question on many citizens minds, has it been enough rain to lift any of our current restrictions?
City officials say the rain has had no impact at all. The lake level has stayed just over six hundred and 11 feet. Currently the lake is just a few feet shy of lifting the stage two restrictions. In order to lift water limitations the lake would have to be at six hundred and 13 feet, and have a constant flow from the Sangamon River.
Here are the current water restrictions from the city:
1. The withdrawal of water from Lake Decatur is prohibited except for use by
the City of Decatur and Archer Daniels Midland Company water treatment
2. The use of water to maintain lawns, landscape grass, golf course grass,
athletic field grass, trees and shrubs is prohibited. This regulation does
not apply for water used to maintain vegetation inventories at commercial
gardening, landscaping and plant nursery facilities.
3. The use of water to maintain gardens used to produce human food is
allowed only under the following conditions:
a. Water must be poured from a bucket that is 5 gallons in volume or
b. Water can only be used on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
4. Industrial customers must report to the City the expected reductions in
water usage that will be realized from water conservation measures
implemented in the last 90 days.
5. The operation of outdoor and indoor water fountains is prohibited.
Drinking fountains are exempt from this regulation.
6. The use of water to wash or clean streets, driveways, sidewalks, parking
lots and all other paved surfaces is prohibited unless approved in advance
by the Water Services Division for the maintenance of public health and
safety. Construction sites are exempt from this regulation.
7. The use of water to wash or clean the exterior of buildings and structures
is prohibited unless approved in advance by the Water Services Division
for the maintenance of public health and safety. Construction sites are
exempt from this regulation.
8. The use of water to fill outdoor swimming pools, outdoor hot tubs and
ponds is prohibited. The use of water is allowed to top off outdoor
swimming pools and outdoor hot tubs.
9. The use of water to wash the exterior of motorized vehicles is prohibited
except for the maintenance of public health and safety. Car and truck
washes, detailing facilities and motor vehicle sales facilities are not
exempt from this regulation.
10. The service of water at restaurants is prohibited unless requested by the
11. The use of water to test fire hydrants, water mains and water service lines
is prohibited unless approved in advance by the Water Services Division.
12. Fire hydrant meter rentals are prohibited except for use on construction
projects and to maintain public health and safety when approved in
advance by the Water Services Division.
13. The Decatur Bulk Water Station will be closed.
14. Detectable water leaks must be repaired within 72 hours of discovery. If
the leak is not repaired in this time frame then the leaking water service
may be shut off by the Water Services Division.