Water Shortage Advisory in Effect

A water shortage advisory is currently in effect due to a rainfall deficit in the area.

Below-average monthly rainfall has created a moderate drought throughout the Suwannee River Basin in Florida and Georgia.

"I live about a quarter of a mile from the Suwannee River and it is very, very low,” said Suwannee County resident Morris Driggers. “You can just about walk wherever you want to go. We got to conserve or we'll run out of water."

The Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board issued a Phase I Water Shortage Advisory.

Most areas from Columbia to Putnam counties are experiencing low or extremely low groundwater and surface water levels due to the cumulative 12.17-inch rainfall deficit this year.

General Manager Darrell Brooks of Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park says, "We're doing all we can to help. We've asked our guests to conserve water where they can, to reuse their towels when possible, and to help out with every chance we can get."

Water Management is urging all residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial users to reduce water consumption.

Recommendations include:

  • Reduce lawn and landscape irrigation.
  • Don't water between 10AM and 4PM.
  • Plant drought-resistant trees, plants and grasses.
  • Equip hoses with automatic shutoff nozzles.
  • Wash vehicles infrequently.
  • Use a broom or blower, instead of a hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways.
  • Fix leaky faucets and toilets.
  • Finally, taking shorter showers, staying under five minutes, could save 1000 gallons of water per month.

    The water advisory is in effect until further notice.