The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) issued a Water Shortage Warning for Collier and Lee counties amid continuing dry conditions and increasing water supply concerns on the Southwest Coast.
The Southwest Coast received 42 inches of rain this year, about 13 inches below normal. This shortage caused water levels in underground aquifers that supply water to most of the region to decline. Without significant rainfall, further decline in groundwater levels is anticipated over the dry season.
SFWMD staff will continue to monitor water usage and groundwater levels and encourage residents, visitors and businesses to conserve water and limit irrigation.