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Thursday, January 17, 2008

First-ever water shortage order

Published January 16, 2008
Mandatory water restrictions for all water-use categories including residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural will become effective April 7 throughout the Suwannee River Water Management District. The District governing board has issued the agency’s first-ever Phase II Water Shortage Order and between now and April 7, District staff will meet with city and county officials to coordinate implementation and enforcement guidelines.

The unprecedented action was taken in response to extremely low groundwater levels experienced throughout the 15-county region during the current drought, coupled with predictions that the drought will intensify over the next several months.

The District is suffering its eighth-driest 24-month period since 1932, with a rainfall deficit of 28.7 inches.

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