BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) – Bloomington residents are being asked to conserve water because of an ongoing drought.

Water Department officials say the combined water level in the city’s two reservoirs is 8.8 feet below the spillway. The U.S. Drought Monitor indicates the city has been in a moderate drought for several months.

Water levels have been dropping since August.

Water Director Craig Cummings says the goal is for residents to voluntarily reduce water consumption by 5 percent. They’re asked to limit the amount of time faucets and showers are running, fix any leaks and to wash only full loads of clothing or dishes.

Bloomington adopted a drought ordinance in 2012 outlining specific actions whenever the reservoirs drop to certain levels.

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