Water levels still holding steady in the dry weather

Due to the drought and record warm temperatures, how are area waterways holding up? It's what you wanted to know for Thursday's Facebook Story of The Day.

In Kirksville so far, the city's main two water supplies, Forest Lake at Thousand Hills State Park and Hazel Creek just north of town, are a bit below their full levels but Forest Lake is pumping enough water to the city's water plant.

Kirksville has a water conservation ordinance in case the drought conditions get worse. But officials want the public to know there is no need to worry about it for now.

â??We don't have any intent to implement it at this point. But we certainly caution folks to use some good common sense when they go about watering things. If your grass is already brown and died, there's no need to waste water on that. Save water on the things that make more sense. We are not planning on making restrictions until that is needed,â?? said Kirksville Assistant City Manager Melanie Smith.

KTVO also talked to Macon officials about that city's water situation. At this time, water is currently not in short supply, but Macon's water treatment plant is running near full capacity. If rainfall and cooler temperatures do not arrive over the next few weeks, it is possible that some type of water restriction could be put into place. Macon water is supplied to many smaller towns including Bevier.

During this time of record heat and drought, it is recommended to try and reduce water usage, especially during peak times, by watering your lawn at night time and taking shorter showers.