– All mandatory water restrictions are expected to be lifted at
noon Tuesday, December 18th, City Manager Ryan McCrady announced during the Decatur
City Council's regularly scheduled meeting Monday.
The Decatur community has been under some level of restricted water use since July in response to the worst drought seen here in decades. The restrictions covered all who draw water from Lake Decatur and the City's water supply, including the City of Decatur, the Village of Mt. Zion, the Village of Harristown and the Long Creek Township Water Department if the latter two communities needed to use Decatur water on a part time emergency basis.
A variety of reasons led to the decision to lift the restrictions, including lowered local demand, a stabilized lake level and forecasts calling for precipitation across the state. Normal winter lake level is 612-613 feet above sea level and the lake's level today was at 613.32 feet above sea level.
Official estimated that, even with a worst-case scenario of no precipitation from now through the end of February, the lake would fall by an anticipated .01 feet per day and still be above normal levels for the winter season.
Even with restrictions being lifted, the city continues to ask customers to voluntarily conserve water.