Decatur eyes water conservation in dry weather

DECATUR — Decatur officials are closely monitoring water levels in Lake Decatur and may implement voluntarily water conservation next month if weather stays dry.

Ryan McCrady is city manager. He says there needs to be rain before the start of October, but adds he's "cautiously optimistic" about the forecast.

The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports the lake's water level was 613.07 feet above sea level Monday morning. Normal summer water levels are between 614 and 614.5 feet. In the winter, the water level hovers between 612 and 613 feet.

The central Illinois community issued a series of restrictions last year because of drought, forcing restaurants to only serve water on request and prompting car washes to haul in water to operate.

The city's supplemental water supplies have since been recharged.