|Re: Declaration of Water Shortage|
|Wednesday, 23 March 2011 13:59|
Sheriff Paul C. May has released the following information:
Reference: Declaration of Water Shortage
The South Florida Water Management District(SFWMD) has approved a declaration of water shortage in Okeechobee County, Florida. District staff has been monitoring the conditions of the water resources and the needs of the water users.
In 2010, the Upper Kissimmee River Regions experienced its sixth driest wet season since 1915. The 2010-11 dry season also has been quite dry. On (.42) inches of rain fell in the upper position of the Kissimmee River Region during February 2011. This is only (18%) of the average rainfall for the month of February. From October 1, 2010 through March 17, 2011, (9.29) inches of rain or (65%) of the historic average fell in the Upper Kissimmee River Region.
The lower portion of the Kissimmee River Region saw (.21) inches of rain during February, 2011. This equates to (9%) of the average rainfall for the month of February. From October 1, 2010 through March 17, 2011, (6.67) inches of rain or (55%) of the historic average fell over the Lower Kissimmee River Region.
As of March 21, 2011, the level of Lake Okeechobee was (11.68) feet. This is approximately (2.65) feet below the average water levels in Lake Okeechobee for this time of year.
Restrictions limit the time of day and day of the week when lawn & landscape irrigation is allowed. For Odd-numbered street addresses, irrigation is allowed on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays only. For Even-numbered street addresses, irrigation is allowed on Thursdays and/or Sundays only. On the days when lawn & landscape irrigation is allowed per your address, you may irrigate: From midnight to 10 AM or from 4 PM to midnight. After speaking with Mr. Ritter, he confirmed that this restriction does include the use of wells and Argentine pumps.
For further information concerning this restriction, contact:
Gary J. Ritter, Director Okeechobee Service Center
South Florida Water Management District
205 North Parrott Avenue Suite 201
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Michele Bell, Public Information Officer