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All of Indiana Under Water Shortage Warning

Posted On July 18, 2012

Water(Undated) – The entire state of Indiana is now under a water shortage warning.

 

Only about half the state had been under the warning since last week, but the Indiana Department of Homeland Security expanded the designation to all 92 counties Tuesday.

 

The classification is the second-most severe stage. It includes a voluntary reduction of ten to 15 percent of water usage across the state. The state is asking those public utilties and individuals who use 100,000 gallons of water or more daily to reduce their usage.

 

A mandatory water restriction goes into effect if the state is upgraded to a water shortage emergency. 

 

All of Indiana remains under at least a moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Eighty percent of the state is in a severe drought. Nearly a third of the state – in southwestern, central, and northern areas of Indiana – has worsened to an extreme drought.

 

LINKS:

 

Ind., Ky. Counties Part Of Drought Disaster Area

 

Drought Tightens Grip On Area, Crops

 

Drought Could Shrivel Farmers’ Earnings

 

U.S. Drought Monitor - http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/