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BROOKSVILLE, Fla. -- Water managers have decided to ease
lawn watering restrictions for much of southwest Florida.
The Southwest Florida Water Management District voted 6-3 to lift
the emergency conservation restrictions that limit lawn watering to
once a week.
Rainfall across the 16-county region averaged 40 inches this
summer, which is 9 inches above normal. That restored most of the
area to conditions that existed before the drought in 1998.
``It's now time to withdraw the medicine,'' said governing board
member Watson Haynes. ``If things aren't getting better, we can go
back to the drawing board. But to prolong this pain and agony on the
citizens any longer is ridiculous.''
The restriction remains for the Tampa Bay area -- including
Pinellas and Pasco counties and most of Hillsborough County -- where
over pumping during the drought has left wetlands and lakes are dry.
The rest of the district will return to the previous twice-a-week
lawn watering rule.
Earlier this month, the South Florida Water Management District
lifted water restrictions for the 16-county region spanning from
Monroe County north to Osceola. It had prohibited residents from
watering their lawn more than twice a week and during the middle of
Neither the Suwannee River nor the Northwest Florida Water
Management District, which covers western Florida and the Panhandle,
had imposed any restrictions.
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