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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Florida's dry season forces water providers to adapt

Published May 19, 2008
In Winter Garden, residents have been asked to stop watering grass between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The city in recent weeks has seen storage tanks at two of its three water plants pushed close to their limits, forcing utility workers to shut off irrigation lines to hundreds of customers.

"It was being sucked out as fast as we could fill it up," said Don Cochran, Winter Garden's assistant to the city manager in charge of public services.

Experts say many homeowners use far too much water on their lawns. That leads to shallow roots close to the surface, and yards typically cannot tolerate significant changes in watering and temperatures.

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