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State leaders speak out about drought 

July 25, 2012
By Clay LePard

The heat is doing nothing for our dry conditions, and state leaders are speaking out.

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon will be in town today ahead of Governor Pat Quinn's request for a nearly statewide disaster declaration. The governor's office says that the low water levels are making navigation along the Mississippi River difficult.

Here in Rock Island, the Mississippi River levels are sitting nearly ten feet below flood stage at Lock and Dam 15.

Simon will speak at 1:30 p.m. at Western Illinois University – Riverfront Campus.

Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds visited the Quad Cities yesterday where she spoke about the extreme drought as well.

"We've made significant gains with technology over the past few years or so and we're very fortunate that even though we're experiencing some significant drought conditions that we have corn and yields better than they would've been 20 years ago when we'd experience a drought like this," says Reynolds.

Even with advances in technology, the Iowa Utilities Board says the drought is driving up demand.

The board is asking residents to conserve water as best as they can. Here are some tips to save water:

- Water plants during the nighttime and water your lawn less often

- Check for leaks throughout your house

- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth

The average family of four uses 400 gallons of water a day. You can find more tips by clicking here.