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Bloomington Relies On Resident Tips To Enforce Watering Ban

A sprinkler waters a yard in a Bloomington neighborhood.

Bloomington says it will rely primarily on tips from a hotline to enforce the city’s watering ban that begins Monday and extends until mid-October.

“The basic thing is we’re out there,” Bloomington Utilities Department Deputy Director John Langley says. “We’ve also gone out to other city departments and asked them to keep us informed if they see blatant misuses.”

The ban prohibits outdoor watering, including watering lawns and washing cars. Langley says various city employees, including meter readers, will report anyone in violation of the ban.

Gardens that produce food and trees less than 5 years old are exempt from the Bloomington ban. The city hopes to reduce water consumption by 20 percent to ease the stress on the city’s pumping system.

But in other cities such as Terre Haute, watering bans are unlikely. Mayor Duke Bennett says his city does not even have the legal language in place to call or enforce such a ban because the city’s water is provided by a private company.

“It’s a private utility that serves our community, you know it’s no different than Duke Energy or Vectren or anybody else that provides utility service to us,” he says. “They will dictate that.”

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