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State lifts water-emergency warning

Friday, October 5, 2012 - 7:21 am

The statewide water-shortage warning has been lifted, but that symbol of the easing drought in Indiana isn't likely to attract much attention in Fort Wayne.

The reason: Fort Wayne City Utilities draws its water from the St. Joseph River, backed up by reservoirs. Early this summer, Aqua Indiana imposed water-conservation restrictions on its customers but lifted those restrictions after it began drawing water from Fort Wayne City Utilities.

A multi-agency water shortage committee, led by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, on Monday lifted the statewide water shortage warning that has been in place since July, the homeland-security department announced Thursday. The committee is still maintaining a watch level status to encourage citizens to continue conservation measures that will help recharge water supplies.

After enduring historic drought conditions all summer and the driest July in state history, most areas of Indiana received normal or above normal rainfall in August and September. The most recent report of the U.S. Drought Monitor, released Thursday morning, rated all of northeast Indiana as being in moderate drought.