County Aprroves Limiting Water Usage
Archer - Turn off that water sprinkler. The persistent water shortage that we have endured-- despite a month of wet weather-- now means many of us can now only water our lawns just once a week.
Area water management districts have convinced some local governments to place more stringent restrictions on watering.
Archer resident Natalie Warren, has had to work hard get her yard in good shape.
"We planted all the uh hibiscus and the box wood," Natalie Warren Archer resident said.
And admitted to using more water for her lawn when it doesn't rain.
"I mean we really don't water the lawn that much, we were watering a lot more in May and June," Warren said.
She hopes the water shortage will end so she can continue to take care of her lawn as she likes instead of only watering once a week.
"With the rain you probably don't need to water twice a week anyway," Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Director Chris Byrd said.
Especially since the county commission approved an ordinance that would force residents and businesses in Archer as well as other unincorporated parts of the county to limit their water usage.
"This is not only protecting our drinking water, but its also going to help our springs recover," Byrd said.
Which is what county officials are trying to do, they say the Suwannee River Water Management has asked local governments to pass ordinances to limit water usage…which could last until the end of September.
"We're in a better position to really help the water management districts all year round whether we have normal circumstances or if we have the emergencies," Byrd said.
Residents are hoping this isn't the "new normal."
If Alachua County residents are caught over-watering their yards too many times... the end result would be a fine of 68- dollars.
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