Drought Drains Town's Water

1 decade 3 years 4 months ago Tuesday, July 04 2006 Jul 4, 2006 Tuesday, July 04, 2006 6:37:40 PM CDT July 04, 2006 in News
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BOWLING GREEN - When city leaders in this northeast Missouri town asked residents to cut back on water use early this summer, 2,000 people immediately complied. As prisoners in a high-security prison, they didn't have much choice. The Northeast Correctional Center is big business in Bowling Green, employing 600 people in a town of 3,200. The prison has boosted the local economy since opening in 1998, but it is also straining the town's tight water supply. Bowling Green gets its water from two man-made reservoirs that depend entirely on rainwater. A drought over the past two years has left them at dangerously low levels, so the city council is ready to impose mandatory restrictions on residents.

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