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Saturday, February 16, 2008

SRWMD focuses on latest measures

Published February 15, 2008
Watering lawns at night for no more than two days a week, encouraging the unlimited use of treated water and prohibiting washing or cleaning streets, driveways, sidewalks or other impervious areas except to meet health or safety standards are all rules that will take effect April 7 as part of mandatory water use requirements.

The rules that will govern mandatory water-use restrictions for Columbia and 14 other counties were discussed in depth during a Suwannee River Water Management District meeting Thursday afternoon.

The Water Management District’s governing board implemented a Phase II Water Shortage Order last month because cities and counties in the district were suffering the district’s eighth-driest 24-month period since 1932, with a 28.7-inch rainfall deficit.

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