Information for this story also came from the Associated Press
Indiana officials have issued a water shortage warning for all 92 counties in the Hoosier state, asking local governments, businesses and residents to voluntary conserve as much water as possible.
Facilties that draw more than 100,000 gallons of water each day are being asked to curb consumption by 10 to 15 percent.
Indiana Department of Homeland Security Executive Director Joe Wainscott says while there have been a few scattered thunderstorms this week around the state, it will take months to recover from the drought, and voluntary conservation will help in the long run.
“That’s really one of the reasons we’re talking about it now. We don’t want to put ourselves in the position where we have to issue a lot of mandatory, very strict regulations regarding the use of water.”
Wainscott says ome local municipalities in central Indiana have placed restrictions on lawn watering and other usage, but no statewide restrictions are being considered at this point.
The drought continues to take its toll on farmers. Fourteen Indiana counties have been added to an agricultural disaster area.
In Kentucky, more than two-dozen counties remain under a water shortage watch. Farmers in the western half of the state have been especially hard hit by the drought.