The St. Johns River Water Management District’s 18-county region is experiencing varying degrees of drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor’s latest report. Rainfall in the northern counties was average to the above average last month, while dry conditions continued in the southern counties, with seven counties receiving less than one inch of rain in March.
Overall, the District has experienced a relatively low amount of rainfall over the past several months, and groundwater levels have declined.
At the end of March, groundwater levels districtwide are well above drought indicator levels, with a majority of the District falling within the normal to high range. District staff will continue to monitor both rainfall amounts and groundwater levels to ensure adequate supply is available to meet public demand.
April is historically one of the driest months of the year and typically marks the peak demand season for public water suppliers, which is why April has been formally recognized as Water Conservation Month for the past 23 years. While it is always critical to use our water wisely, the District strongly encourages the public to be mindful of their water usage during these dry months until our summer rainfall patterns return.
Below are simple tips for residents and businesses to help save hundreds of gallons of water and money on their water bills.
A full report outlining March’s hydrologic conditions was presented at the District’s Governing Board meeting Tuesday. Highlights include:
To learn more about rainfall totals and other hydrologic data collected, visit www.sjrwmd.com.
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About the St. Johns River Water Management District
St. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the District and the State of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The District encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Apopka, Jacksonville, and Palm Bay.
For more information about the District, please visit www.sjrwmd.com.