Alachua County one of 18 counties placed under water shortage warning order

St. Johns River Water Management District

The St. Johns River Water Management District has expanded a water shortage warning order to all 18 counties in its jurisdiction, including Alachua County.

The order is intended to reduce use and ensure enough water is available to meet demand, the district announced Tuesday.

Residents are encouraged to reduce their water use and voluntarily conserve water as much as possible.

Officials say outdoor irrigation accounts for half of all residential water use. People using water for landscape irrigation should only do so two days a week, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

Out of all of the counties in the district, Alachua County had the most rain so far this month, with 3.95 inches.

The counties with the least rainfall were Orange, Brevard, Osceola and Okeechobee counties, all of which received less than one inch during the same span.

The district also remains under a burn ban because the dry conditions are favorable to wildfires.

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