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Posted on: May 1, 2017

Lack of rain increases need for water conservation

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 Days
Daylight Saving time (second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November) irrigation guidelines:

  • Irrigation is limited to no more than two days per week on scheduled days.
  • Residential irrigation at odd numbered addresses or no addresses is allowed on Wednesday and Saturday if needed.
  • Residential irrigation at even numbered addresses is allowed on Thursday and Sunday if needed.
  • Commercial irrigation is allowed on Tuesday and Friday if needed.
  • Water only when needed and not between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Water for no more than one hour per zone.
  • Restrictions apply to private wells and pumps, ground or surface water and water from public and private utilities.
    Some exceptions apply.

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 ddowns@cocoafl.org.


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