Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is banning lawn watering in the city beginning Friday.
Ballard on Wednesday issued an executive order declaring a water shortage warning with mandatory water use restrictions in Marion County, where little rain has fallen over the past month. The ban does not apply to the communities of Lawrence and Speedway, which have their own water systems.
Open burning bans are in place in all but a handful of Indiana's 92 counties. In Johnson County south of Indianapolis, the county commissioners have banned smoking during the county fair that starts Saturday and runs through July 21.