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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Lake Springfield is two feet below full. That happens every year but not usually until fall.

The drought that’s drying more than half the country has lowered the level of the lake that the Springfield uses for water enough that the city is joining many others that have either restricted water use or are considering it.

At least half a dozen Illinois cities from Decatur to Rockford have either enacted restrictions or asked water users to cut back.

None seem to be raising serious alarms yet. But a summer that’s shaping up to be one of the driest in state history has cities taking steps they hope avoid serious trouble.

Springfield utility spokeswoman Amber Sabin says drought and heat are dropping Lake Springfield by half an inch a day