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April 18, 2014, 3:05 am

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Springfield Coping Well With Drought, But Mayor Still Sees Need For Second Water Source


Even though he doesn’t expect that Springfield will have to impose water restrictions during this hot, dry summer, Mayor Mike Houston still has concerns about the city’s long-range water supply… and still sees a second lake as a potential solution. 

 

Appearing live on 970 WMAY’s “Jim Leach Show,” Houston says Lake Springfield is down only slightly, in spite of drought conditions and some of the heaviest water usage in years.  But Houston says if those conditions persist, he worries about the city’s ability to provide enough water for normal consumption and for usage by City Water Light and Power’s electric plants. 

 

Houston will present a study to the City Council next week on whether water from gravel pits could serve as a backup source.  But the mayor says taking water from those pits could have a detrimental impact on other nearby communities.

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