Springfield Water Storage Perilously Low

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Springfield officials say the city’s water resources are getting low, and residents may have to start more stringent conservation efforts.

Scott Miller, general manager of City Utilities, says water levels at Springfield’s reservoirs are continuing to drop amid the widespread drought.

The Springfield News Leader reports¬† that the reservoirs’ storage level was at 64.3 percent Friday. CU’s Emergency Water Conservation Plan takes effect when the level reaches 60 percent. That’s when mandatory water use restrictions kick in, as well as increased water rates.

Then if storage levels continue to drop, customers who fail to cut water use by at least 25 percent have to pay more significant surcharges.

The emergency water plan has never been triggered. Miller says the lowest the levels have gotten is 62 percent.
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Information from: Springfield News-Leader