The City of Bloomington Utilities is lifting its mandatory watering ban Wednesday. The ban, which went into effect last month, forbade residents from watering their lawns and gardens, washing their cars, or hosing down their sidewalks and driveways.
City of Bloomington Water Quality Coordinator Rachel Atz says lower temperatures, mixed with an increase in rainfall, allowed the ban to be lifted early than expected.
“The weather conditions have been much more favorable,” she says. “Our customers have been using less waters with the lower temperatures and increased rainfall. The lower temperatures have also kept our large pumps cool, and kept the stress off of the plant.”
The ban was originally set to expire October 11.
Atz says voluntary water restrictions will still be in place, and the city says residents and businesses are encouraged to limit watering of established lawns and trees to once a week.
City Utilities Director Patrick Murphy says since the restrictions were instituted, the average daily demand has decreased 18 percent to 20 percent.
The city did not issue any fines during the mandatory ban.