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Regional Water Shortage Intensifies

Residential Irrigation, Agriculture and Other Uses Must be Reduced
With regional ground and surface water levels low thanks to record-breaking dry conditions, a number of water shortage orders are now in effect. The orders limit landscape irrigation to two days per week. Most lawns only need 3/4 of an inch to one inch of irrigation per week, which can be delivered in one day, from sprinklers or from rain.

On June 9, SFWMD's Governing Board approved one-day-per-week landscape irrigation restrictions for the area served by the City of West Palm Beach's Utility, which includes the Towns of Palm Beach and South Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach. On June 13, the West Palm Beach City Commission implemented additional emergency restrictions. The City of Lake Worth also has a one-day-a-week irrigation restriction in effect.

Landscape irrigation using reclaimed water is not restricted, unless prohibited by local ordinance.

Mandatory reductions for agricultural and other large water uses are also in effect.

Regional Supplies Under Stress
Lake Okeechobee, which is the backup water supply for South Florida, hit 9.65 feet NGVD, 3.68 feet below average, on June 27. Canal and lake levels are visibly low in much of the District's 16-county region.
VIDEO: Falling water levels at Port Mayaca, eastern side of Lake Okeechobee


Rainfall over the last week provided short-term relief, but the region requires sustained daily rainfall to alleviate continuing drought conditions. The wet season so far has not provided enough rainfall to replenish severely depleted groundwater, canal and lake levels throughout South Florida. The rainfall deficit stood at 11.98 inches through June 27.

Many agriculture and diversion and impoundment systems as well as nurseries and golf courses throughout the region are required to reduce withdrawals or overall water use by 15 percent. Permitted users of surface water in the Lake Okeechobee Service Area (LOSA) are required to reduce withdrawals or overall water use by 45 percent.

Details about each of the water shortage restrictions affecting residents and businesses can be found in the fact sheets below, or in the detailed orders in the column at the top right.
Burn Ban Issued on Public Lands: An emergency order prohibiting building fires on certain District lands open for recreation is now in effect. The ban means no fires in grills, fireplaces or fire rings until further notice. MORE »

Water Shortage Fact Sheets with Maps
  • NEW: Emergency One-Day-A-Week Landscape Irrigation Restrictions – Implemented June 13, 2011 by the West Palm Beach City Commission, for the areas served by the City of West Palm Beach's Utility, which includes the Towns of Palm Beach and South Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach [PDF]

  • NEW: One-Day-A-Week Landscape Irrigation Restrictions – For the City of Lake Worth [PDF]

  • Landscape Irrigation Restrictions – For Broward, Glades, Hendry, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties, and for Palm Beach County except areas served by the City of West Palm Beach's Utility, which includes the towns of Palm Beach and South Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach. Also for portions of Osceola County within the SFWMD boundaries, the Town of Windermere in Orange County and cities within Lee County except Cape Coral [PDF]
    Restricciones en la Irrigación de Ornamentales – Para los Condados Broward, Glades, Hendry, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach y St. Lucie. También para partes del Condado Osceola dentro los límites del Distrito de Administración del Agua del Sur de la Florida,la Ciudad de Windermere en el Condado Orange y las ciudades en el Condado Lee excepto la Ciudad de Cape Coral. [PDF]

  • Landscape Irrigation Restrictions – For Charlotte, Highlands and Polk Counties [PDF]

  • Landscape Irrigation Restrictions – For Orange County, except the Town of Windermere [PDF]

  • Landscape Irrigation Restrictions – For Toho Water Authority Service Area (Osceola County) [PDF]

  • Landscape Irrigation Restrictions – For City of Cape Coral [PDF]

  • Landscape Irrigation Restrictions – For Collier County, including the City of Naples [PDF]

  • Landscape Irrigation Restrictions – For Unincorporated Areas of Lee County [PDF]

  • Golf Course Water Use Restrictions – Broward, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties [PDF]
    Restricciones del Uso del Agua en los Campos de Golf – Para los Condados Broward, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Miami-Dade, Martin, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach y St. Lucie [PDF]

  • Commercial and Agricultural Water Use Restrictions in the Lake Okeechobee Service Area (LOSA) [PDF]

  • Agricultural and Nursery Water Use Restrictions – South Miami-Dade [PDF]

 
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Agricultural Allocations, Distributions and Delivery Plans

The files below are updated weekly, on Friday afternoons – to be used for the upcoming week starting on Monday.


 
Golf Courses, Utilities and Lower East Coast Regional System Users PERMITTEES - ENTER Water Shortage Data HERE

For assistance with your permit or quarterly reporting, please contact your
Water Use Compliance Inspector [PDF]

 
 
graphic for resolving water restriction violationResolving a SFWMD Water Restriction Violation
Note:
This option is only available to violators of the landscape irrigation restriction (i.e., NOT golf courses, agricultural, nurseries, diversion and impoundments or utilities).

If you received a SFWMD Notice of Violation or Consent Agreement (NOV/CA), you can take steps to reduce the assessed penalty:

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