Just five days after the U.S. government unveiled a new website – Drought.gov – the South Florida Water Management District announced today that “seasonal rains did not sufficiently replenish regional water supplies to meet the coming dry season’s demands.” With Lake Okeechobee registering at 10.38 feet above sea level yesterday, it is 1.15 feet below its previous historic low for this date (26 years ago in 1981). This time last year, the lake was 2.29 feet higher. The SFWMD news release continues:
“Because Lake Okeechobee serves as a primary backup water supply to more than five million South Floridians in the District’s Lower East Coast, residents there must continue to observe current modified Phase II restrictions, even though local rainfall has seemed plentiful. Residents are also encouraged to conserve water within the home to help stretch regional supplies.” With that in mind, here are some helpful resources:
– You can get Lake Okeechobee water level updates here.
– The American Red Cross offers some excellent indoor and outdoor water conservation tips.
– Are you water-wise? Take the home water audit and find out!
– Meanwhile, this list started out with 100 Water Saving Tips but somehow ended up with 111. 🙂