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Posted on: August 14, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Water restrictions rescinded in some areas within the SRWMD

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board voted today to amend the District's water shortage order to rescind water restrictions in Baker, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Putnam, Suwannee and Taylor counties.

Water restrictions will remain in effect until Sept. 30 for the following counties: Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Gilchrist, Jefferson, Levy, Madison and Union.

The Amend Order also extends the water restrictions to all unincorporated areas of Alachua County that are located in the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD), in accordance with a delegation agreement between the two water management districts and the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners.

"Although groundwater conditions have rebounded in many areas of the District following cumulative rainfall over the last couple of months, some areas are still facing low and extremely low conditions," said Megan Wetherington, District senior professional engineer.

Those areas include all or parts of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Gilchrist, Jefferson, Levy, Madison and Union counties.

"Though the District is lifting water restrictions in areas that have made significant improvements, we would like to remind the public that year-round water conservation rules apply to all counties within District boundaries," said District Executive Director Ann Shortelle.

A summary of the water restrictions, which mostly target outdoor water use particularly irrigation, are available at For more information about the District's year-round water conservation rules, visit

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