During emergency passage, Aldermen unanimously passed an ordinance that would give the mayor the authority to enact stricter water conservation measures that would be associated with Springfield’s lake levels.
The drought management plan has six stages associated with how low the lake is below full pool.
At four feet below, or stage four, the first of three schedule surcharges would kick in on anything over around 3,500 gallons of water a month for residential customers.
At stage five, or five feet, a higher surcharge would kick in and an even higher charge at stage six.
Read the entire ordinance here.