CLAY COUNTY -- The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security recently issued a water shortage warning due to drought conditions for all counties in the state.
"The objectives of the water shortage warning stage are to prepare for a coordinated response to imminent water shortage conditions and potential water supply problems and to initiate concerted voluntary conservation measures in an effort to avoid or reduce shortages, relieve stressed sources and, if possible, forestall the need for mandatory water use restrictions," a press release indicated.
According to the release, a water shortage watch is the lowest or mildest of three drought advisory phases. A water shortage warning is the second most severe stage and a water shortage emergency is the most extreme condition.
According to officials, a water shortage warning was previously issued July 2, 2012, for 32 counties in northeast and southwest Indiana.
"The goal of water conservation efforts during the water shortage warning stage is a voluntary reduction in current water use of 10-15 percent," the release stated.
As a result, the City of Brazil Water Works is asking all water customers to "impose a voluntary water restriction and conservation" of water due to weather conditions and the present demand of the water system.
"This is not to say there is a shortage of ground water within our system," the release stated, "but precautionary measures are necessary should the dry conditions continue to persist."