Looking back at the drought of 2012

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What a difference a year makes! Just one year ago, Central Indiana was battling record heat and a drought not seen in the area in decades.

The drought affected everything from the food we bought, to the water we drank.  Lawns, gardens and trees suffered.

The drought affected how Hoosiers lived for several months. The lack of water was so bad, burn bans were issued in every county in the state and many communities imposed mandatory water restrictions.

At Morse Reservoir, a main water source for Indianapolis, water levels fell below a foot, closing the beach and limiting water sports and boating.

Now, a year later water levels have returned to normal and many lessons were learned on how to handle a drought in the future.

“We’re making sure we have a long-term water supply. We’re now looking ahead at five, 10, and 15 years from now to say, ‘How much water do we need?’ We were doing that before, but the drought really heightened our awareness,” said Sarah Holsapple, Spokeswoman for Citizens Energy.

After the drought, Citizens Energy made improvements to water flow along the Central Canal in Indianapolis and also improved its water supply plan for the future.

The city of Indianapolis also tweaked and improved its ordinance regarding a mandatory water ban after residents were restricted for nearly two months last year.