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Drought could bring even tougher watering restrictions

Droughts and Heat Waves

It's no question the drought is devastating some crops, flowers, our lawns and trees, but how close is it to affecting our consumption and personal use?

The city of Indianapolis now has a mandatory ban on watering lawns and is asking residents to conserve use when possible, but experts said tighter restrictions could come if we don't get any rain. Those would not include personal use and consumption.

Mark Basch with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said this drought is mainly affecting areas that draw their water from surface supplies like lakes and reservoirs.

"The drought does not impact groundwater as the same degree as it would surface water sources. In most cases, folks would not really have an issue with a domestic well unless it was a well that was somewhat marginal to begin with."

S¿tates in the South like Georgia have been in drought conditions for years and there are restrictions there, but not on consumption and personal use.

Water companies are mandated to protect water for consumption whether it comes from the surface or underground and restrictions and guidelines on how it's used are in place if needed, but again, experts said that is not a cause for concern here in Indiana.

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