A sever water shortage has been declared by the Executive Director of the Southwest Florida Water Management District due to below-average rainfall and a dry spring season, according to a city news release.
The emergency order (# 2012-005) will remain in effect through July 31 unless extended or rescinded by the Water Management District Governing Board or Executive Director.
According to the city, the water shortage order applies to properties watering with potable city water, water from private wells, or private connections to surface water sources (lakes, ponds, etc.).
Watering hours are from 5 - 9 a.m. or 7 - 11 p.m. Irrigation of established lawns and landscapes is now restricted to once a week for all water sources except reclaimed water.
- Addresses ending in an even number, or the letters A through M, may irrigate on Saturday only.
- Addresses ending in an odd number, or the letters N through Z, may irrigate on Sunday only.
According to the city, there will be no warnings. Violations observed by Enforcement Personnel will result in a citation subject to a fine plus court costs.