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Water usage down in state

Wisconsinites are using less water.

The state Public Service Commission said the average residential water customer used 56,000 gallons last year - down from 60,000 gallons in 2004. PSC chairman Eric Callisto said its shows that water conservation efforts are gaining momentum.

Plover administrator Dan Mahoney says the village newsletter tells residents how to cut their water usage.

He says more residents are putting in toilets that conserve water.

Wisconsin Rapids Water Works manager Jem Brown credits the weather. He says cooler temperatures the past couple years have apparently caused folks to water their lawns less, and drink less water.

And with this year's drought conditions, the wells have been dropping and Brown says less water usage gives the wells more time to recharge.