Governor Rod Blagojevich told state agencies to conserve water
because of the summer drought. He wants Illinois residents to do the same.
The Governor's office says June was the tenth driest June on
record in the state. The Illinois Agriculture Statistics Service has said that most of the state's crop land is short or very short of topsoil
moisture. The driest area extends roughly from Peoria east to the
Indiana line between Interstates 80 and 72.
Blagojevich has asked state agencies to be conservative when it
comes to watering lawns or washing state vehicles because public
water supplies are stressed and some private shallow wells have
declining water levels.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is looking at some
creative approaches to conserve water including water-free urinals
and automatic shutoffs on sinks.