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SWFWMD Board Extends Water Restrictions through June 30th

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board voted today to extend modified Phase II water shortage restrictions through June 30, 2010, while lifting restrictions on pressure washing for 15 of its 16 counties.

Marion County will continue to follow the St. Johns River Water Management District’s year-round water conservation measures.

The Governing Board voted to maintain most of the Phase II water shortage restrictions as the District’s water resources continue to recover from the four-year drought. The District is still suffering from a 28-inch rainfall deficit for the past 48 months.

The Board decided to lift the pressure washing restrictions in response to significant improvements in aquifer and river levels as a result of several months of above-average rainfall. Moreover, the region’s major public water suppliers have been able to capture and store enough water to meet the needs of residents...