Springfield could be under mandatory water restrictions in a matter of weeks.
With lake levels dropping as much as an inch a day, Mayor Mike Houston says he will introduce an ordinance putting a series of water conservation measures in place. While the working proposal would not prohibit things like watering lawns, it would limit such activities to certain days of the week.
Houston hasn't decided what penalties to put in the ordinance... and says the goal isn't to write tickets. It's to get people thinking now about water conservation... especially since even tighter restrictions may be needed by late winter or early spring next year if the dry spell continues.