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Decatur ends water restrictions

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 2:08 p.m. CDT

DECATUR (AP) — The city of Decatur has called off the last remaining water restrictions imposed on local residents and businesses months ago due to drought.

The city said Tuesday that it can end the restrictions because of water use decreases in the winter and the level of Lake Decatur has recently increased. The city uses the lake as its primary water supply.

The so-called Stage 1 restrictions included limits on lawn and sports-field watering and hosing down driveways and sidewalks.

The city earlier this fall shelved tighter restrictions intended to preserve water for drinking and locally based businesses as drought lowered the lake.

The drought continues to be a problem for much of the country but has eased in recent months in most of central Illinois.

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