Battling Drought in the Big Bend Area

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, FL - May 31, 2012 - Noon

The drought in the Big Bend area continues to impact area residents. Now one water management facility is asking residents to start cutting back on water use. Despite the rain brought by Tropical Storm Beryl from earlier in the week areas like Jefferson county are still suffering drought conditions. Now the Suwannee River water management districts governing board is taking action. They voted to adopt a phase 3 water shortage order.

These guidelines will go into effect June 13. This will cover agriculture, commercial, and residential users in the county. This includes counties Dixie Gilchrist Hamilton Madison Taylor union parts of Jefferson to name a few. They're asking residents to limit car washing irrigate on certain days. You can read the full list and more ways to conserve at

The area is seeing its lowest rain call total since 1932.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 04:21 PM
    SRWMD has dozens of employees that make north of fifty thousand dollars a year plus benefits and pensions. They have to "sell" our water to pay for their enormous salaries.
  • by annoyed Location: jefferson co. on Jun 1, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    we will change our usage when NESTLE changes theirs... the Governor should get involved and shut non-essential pump stations down, all the lakes, rivers, ponds are lower than I have ever seen in 49 years
  • by TRUTH Location: fl on Jun 1, 2012 at 05:17 AM
  • by shadow on Jun 1, 2012 at 03:33 AM
    Turn off the MagLab
  • by SRWMD=Liars&Crooks Location: Madison on May 31, 2012 at 03:16 PM
    The SRWMD is a fraud and waste of money right along with the DEP. Both agencies are supposed to protect fresh water, rivers, streams, low lands and the environment as a whole but they continuously approve water bottling plants (nestle) plantations pumping millions of gallons of water daily to flood ponds for the rich yankees to come down annualy and hunt ducks on a legally baited pond. Take a look at all the big wells that have been approved in our county alone for the land next to interstate 10. I say SRWMD & DEP needs to shut up until they do their jobs and let regular citizens do as the big companies do. When they cut back - we will cut back. The way I see it - all the water we save they pump and sell.
    • reply
      by Anon on Jun 1, 2012 at 01:12 AM in reply to SRWMD=Liars&Crooks
      Agreed. They want private citizens to rationalize their water but then outsouce the same water to the highest bidder.
  • by dog Location: gone on May 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM
    As Nestle keeps pumping away. and Golf courses water all night, Plant Nurserys watering in the Heat of the Day.
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      by Bubba on May 31, 2012 at 03:34 PM in reply to dog
      You got that right dog! Feed the capitalist pigs, but starve the peasants. Feudalism anyone? Or do you prefer out-right slavery? Bow to you master next time he passes, and be sure not to smoke this weekend, or else!
  • by keep your eye on the ball.. Location: and we can't see on May 31, 2012 at 11:25 AM
    You would think with the amount of money our leaders throw around and lose on a yearly basis that some of those funds could be directed towards desalination plants. Why wait to build it when we are in trouble now?
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