Continued drought could mean restricted water usage in Cedar Rapids

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Officials in Cedar Rapids say that if drought conditions continue into 2013, the city may be forced to impose restrictions on water use.

“We don’t know where this is going to go,” said Steve Hershner, the city’s interim utilities director. “But we want to make sure we plan for it.”

Hershner said the city’s Water Division is devising a staged drought response program that will increase restrictions as the water supply diminishes or demand spikes.

At early stages, the city would ask that residents reduce landscape watering and cut back on non-essential water use. At later stages, the city might eliminate water use except for public health and safety, and also prohibit landscape watering and vehicle washing.

Iowa remains in drought, and forecasts indicate the drought will persist into 2013.

For more information, read the full article at The Gazette.

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