The Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Governing Board voted on April 25, 2017, to declare a Phase I Water Shortage for all 16 counties throughout the District's boundaries. Included in the order are Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter counties.
The primary purpose for a Phase I water shortage is to alert the public that watering restrictions could be forthcoming. Phase I water shortage order does not change allowable watering schedules, however it does prohibit "wasteful and unnecessary" water use.
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