In order to protect and conserve crucial groundwater resources in aquifers for residents during the remainder of the dry season, the South Florida Water Management District issued mandatory water restrictions in all of Lee County in consultation with Lee County officials. Residents are required to only irrigate once a week, and there are irrigation limitations for nurseries, golf courses, agriculture, and recreational users.
Frequent hand washing uses very little water. Residents are encouraged to continue frequent hand washing. There are no restrictions on water use to respond to COVID-19.
It’s important to protect aquifers in Lee County because they provide the drinking water supply. Limited rainfall throughout the dry season has led to decreased groundwater (water beneath the surface) levels in aquifers in Lee County.
The are several new irrigation restrictions that apply in all parts of Lee County and go into effect April 25, 2020. Restrictions include:
Modified Phase III Restrictions for Landscape Irrigation Uses Within the City of Cape Coral
Modified Phase III Restrictions for Recreation Area Uses Within Lee County
Modified Phase I Restrictions for Agriculture Uses Within Lee County
Modified Phase I Restrictions for Nursery Use Within Lee County
Modified Phase I Restrictions for Golf Course Use Within Lee County
Golf courses within Lee County shall implement a management plan that reduces the total irrigation by 15% of their monthly allocation, derived from the AFSIRS calculation. The monthly water shortage allocation can be calculated online. Water use (groundwater, surface water, and reclaimed water) for irrigation should be recorded on a weekly basis and shall be entered online the following Monday by noon.
Click HERE to go to the allocation calculator and data entry form.
The District is working with Lee County and other local governments to implement these irrigation restrictions for the protection of the region’s water resources. Residents may notice bright yellow signs in their communities reminding them of irrigation restrictions. We encourage all local governments, HOAs, and community groups to help us spread the word through email and social media.
The South Florida Water Management District issued an Emergency Order to implement these restrictions. The Order contains additional information on the restrictions put in place for all users.
To learn more, visit www.SFWMD.gov/Conserve, email email@example.com, or call our Citizen Information Line at 1-800-662-8876 (ext. 9).