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Phase III Restrictions January 15
By: TheCaneWhisperer, 4:03 PM GMT on November 06, 2007
Seasonal Outlook From the CPC
Phase III Water Restrictions January 15th.
"Our water resources are all interconnected and our goal is to ensure we have sufficient water to meet regional demands during the dry season," said Carol Ann Wehle, executive director of the SFWMD. "With a full six months of dry season weather ahead of us and the subsequent water level declines that are typical of South Florida’s winter and spring, we are heading into uncharted territory."
12/3/2007 (Source SFWMD)
SFWMD Underscores Water Conservation Following
Near-Record-Low November Rainfall
District Anticipates Need to Strengthen Restrictions as Persistent La Niña Points to
Likelihood of Drier-than-Normal Dry Season
West Palm Beach, FL – The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season ended Friday, November 30, officially making last month's Tropical Storm Noel as the final major rain event of the South Florida wet season. Today, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) continued to advise South Florida residents to prepare for a prolonged, severe water shortage with the likelihood of tighter water restrictions ahead.
"Forecasts for a drier than normal dry season are already proving accurate, and with water levels so critically low, now is the time to observe more aggressive water conservation practices," said Carol Ann Wehle, executive director of the SFWMD. "There is much we can do both inside and outside the home to collectively save millions of gallons of water each day. Conservation is the simplest, cheapest, most effective way to stretch our water supplies."
FULL STORY HERE
COUNTY BY COUNTY KBDI DETAIL
CURRENT RAINFALL ESTIMATES
SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
LATEST WATER RESTRICTION DETAIL
CURRENT LAKE OKEECHOBEE WATER LEVEL = 10.06ft (Updated Daily)
Conservation Still Critical
South Florida is continuing to experience one of the driest times in our history. Although recent rains have begun to help coastal communities, inland areas have gotten much less than is needed. Water levels in Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades and other natural areas are very low. A full rainy season's worth of higher than normal rain is needed to restock regional water supplies. That's why mandatory water restrictions remain in effect, and year-round conservation requirements are being considered.
Source - South Florida Water Management District.
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