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City of Cape Coral to begin pumping water from South Charlotte County reservoir

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 11:56:48-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — The City of Cape Coral will begin pumping water from a reservoir property at Southwest Aggregates in South Charlotte County into the freshwater canal system in Cape Coral.

"Rainfall has been well below average from November of 2019 to March of this year. This reservoir project will provide the City with a freshwater source to supplement irrigation supply for our community," said Utilities Director Jeff Pearson.

The total amount of water that will be pumped in the coming weeks will depend on the weather and conditions in the reservoir.

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Water from the reservoir property will be pumped into drainage ditches along U.S. 41.

The water will flow south into the Gator Slough Canal, which is located in the northern part of the City.

The City worked with the South Florida Water Management District, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and Florida Department of Transportation to bring the temporary pumping project online.