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Friday, April 11, 2008

Conservation: Taking it seriously

Published 4/10/2008
It is a little embarrassing that only now is the city of Jacksonville taking steps, small as they may be, to codify and enforce the modest water restrictions set forth by the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Even as Northeast Florida leaders are carping - justifiably - about plans to siphon water from the river to slake the thirst of Orlando's poorly planned sprawl, the residents and businesses of Jacksonville waste millions of gallons on lawns, often in violation of public policy.

Guidelines for watering are provided by the water management district, but it has no enforcement authority. It is left up to cities to do that. Sadly, enforcement has received little attention in Jacksonville, except in times of drought.
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