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Lack of rain increases need for water conservation (Updated on 5-10-2017)
On March 14, 2017, the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board issued a Water Shortage Warning Order for 7 of the 18 counties within the District (Nassau, Flagler, Baker, Clay, Putnam, Marion and Lake counties) because hydrologic trends and future predictions in these areas reflect below average rainfall. On May 9, 2017, the order was expanded to include all counties within the district’s jurisdiction.
The objective of the Water Shortage Warning Order is to reduce water consumption and increase awareness of the need for conservation. Although conditions have not yet reached a point where there is an expectation of insufficient water to meet anticipated demand and protect water resources, current conditions do warrant heighted water conservation in all areas within the jurisdiction of the district.
The Cocoa Utilities Department encourages all of it’s customers to reduce water use and to conserve water to the maximum extent possible. A successful voluntary water conservation campaign is the best way to avoid or delay mandatory water restrictions should drought conditions continue.
Now is the time to increase awareness in anticipation of potential prolonged drought.
Know Your DaysDaylight Saving time (second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November) irrigation guidelines:
Water Shortage Warning News Release (5-9-2017): http://webapub.sjrwmd.com/agws10/news_release/ViewNews.aspx?nrd=nr17-084
Water Shortage Order (updated 5-9-2017): http://www.sjrwmd.com/facts/watershortageorder.html
Find out more about water restrictions and how to save water at http://sjrwmd.com/wateringrestrictions/ and www.cocoafl.org/conservation. For questions or comments call 321-433-8705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.