Water woes: 8.1 Million residents under water shortage warning

Posted at 1:56 PM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 08:48:22-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The South Florida Water Management District has issued a water shortage warning for most of Southwest Florida.

The warning comes as dry conditions continue to plague the region's water supply.

Officials say the warning aims to get people to voluntarily conserve more water. But the district says mandatory restrictions may be imposed if residents don't cut back on water use.

The district’s year-round irrigation rules have been in effect since 2010, and limit landscape watering to two days a week.

Tuesday, the district’s Governing Board issued a temporary ban on all open fires and campfires on District lands. The ban includes lands open for recreational purposes in Hendry, Glades, Okeechobee, Osceola and Polk counties. Additional prohibitions could be expanded to other locations throughout the District if drought conditions continue.