SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The prolonged drought means water customers in and around Springfield could soon face mandatory restrictions by early September. It could even mean some businesses that use water will have to close on some or all days of the week.
City Utilities of Springfield said Thursday that it has reached a critical phase, “which calls for increased voluntary water conservation measures from our customers.
CU’s water supply storage in Fellows Lake and McDaniel Lake was at 65.8 percent of capacity on Thursday, with an average historical amount of 86.3 percent. The rainfall on Wednesday “provided enough water to keep levels even with the reading from Wednesday but not enough to make a substantial change in storage levels,” CU said.
CU estimates, if conditions continue as they are now, its water storage levels will be at 60 percent in early September. That level would activate the Emergency Water Conservation Plan, which includes mandatory water restrictions. CU has never had to use the city ordinance which contains that plan.