Here’s the release about it:
“Lake Springfield’s water level has risen above its 75-year average and is on the rise, therefore water restrictions on City Water, Light and Power water customers are being lifted today, Thursday, March 7 in accordance with the City’s drought management plan introduced by Mayor Mike Houston. This drought management plan calls for water restrictions to be lifted whenever the lake level exceeds its 75-year average and is on the rise. Today’s lake level was recorded at 558.79 at 8 a.m. this morning.
Since January 12th the lake has gained about 2.5 feet due to precipitation flowing into the lake and its watershed. Since January 1, over 2.9 billion gallons—about 2.4 feet of lake level has been pumped into the lake from the South Fork pumping station. The South Fork pumping station, which was built in the drought of the 1950s, backs up water in South Fork of the Sangamon River to be pumped into Lake Springfield and is used when water is available and anytime the lake is below full pool.
Water restrictions were approved by the Springfield City Council on July 31, 2012, to address the lake level’s significant decline and the anticipated continuation of below normal precipitation in central Illinois. Since that date, water restrictions, which largely applied to leaks and outdoor water use, have been in effect.
In August 2012, Mayor Houston introduced an ordinance, which was approved, for a Drought Management Plan. This plan authorized various actions to address water supply concerns such as water usage restrictions and water rate surcharges to be implemented by executive order and correspond to specific lake levels during any period of decline. Under this plan, rather than needing multiple ordinances to authorize water restrictions at various levels, by executive order the Mayor can implement needed actions without delay.
The water restrictions applied to all CWLP retail water customers, including those in Southern View, Leland Grove and unincorporated areas, as well as to CWLP wholesale water customers of Grandview, Jerome, Loami, Sherman-Williamsville, Rochester and the Sugar Creek Public Water District.”