Water use restrictions still in place in Levy

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By The Staff

Despite rainfall in recent weeks and the lifting of water use restrictions in many parts of north Florida, counties such as Levy, Gilchrist and Alachua still remain under restrictions due to low groundwater levels.

“Although groundwater conditions have rebounded in many areas of the District following cumulative rainfall over the last couple of months, some areas are still facing low and extremely low conditions,” said Megan Wetherington, District senior professional engineer for the Suwannee River Water Management District.

The district’s governing board Tuesday lifted restrictions in Baker, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Putnam, Suwannee and Taylor counties.

“The District is lifting water restrictions in areas that have made significant improvements, but we would like to remind the public that year-round water conservation rules apply to all counties within District boundaries,” said SRWMD Executive Director Ann Shortelle.

Including the three counties mentioned earlier, water restrictions will remain in effect until Sept. 30 for the following: Bradford, Columbia, Jefferson, Madison and Union.

The Amend Order also extends the water restrictions to all unincorporated areas of Alachua County that  are located in the St. Johns River Water Management District, in accordance with a delegation agreement between the two water management districts and the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners.