The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security have issued a water shortage warning for each of the state's 92 counties.
The warning comes in the wake of the long drought that is drying up much of the Midwest. Under the state's Water Shortage Plan, owners and operators of significant water withdrawal facilities are being asked to implement voluntary measures that can result in a reduction of water use by 10 to 15 percent.
A significant water withdrawal facility is one capable of withdrawing 100,000 gallons of water per day from all sources: ground water, surface water or any combination of the two.
Dave Seacat, of Ramsey Water Co., said that his company is in good shape and will be assessing itself daily for any changes.
"Our usage is up because of the drought, but we've been able to maintain good levels," Seacat said. "Right now, it's a voluntary precaution, and Ramsey Water is in good shape."
David Wright, of Edwardsville Water Corp., agreed.
"Right now, we're basically business as usual," he said. "We're monitoring levels and keeping an eye on our wells, but, right now, we're OK."
The main objective of the warning is to prepare a coordinated response to potential water supply problems and to have facilities voluntarily initiate their conservation measures in an attempt to reduce or potentially avoid water shortages and the need for mandatory restrictions.
All residents are encouraged to conserve water and energy by taking voluntary actions during drought conditions.