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SFWMD Issues Water Shortage Warning for Southwest Coast  

District asking residents to conserve water and
limit lawn irrigation amid continuing dry conditions 

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today issued a Water Shortage
Warning for Collier and Lee counties amid continuing dry conditions and increasing water
supply concerns on the Southwest Coast.

Read the Declaration of Water Shortage Warning SFWMD 2023-062.

The U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that the Southwest Coast is in an Abnormally Dry to
Moderate Drought. The Southwest Coast received 42 inches of rain so far this year, about
13 inches below normal. This shortage caused water levels in underground aquifers that
supply water to most of the region to decline. Without significant rainfall, further decline
in groundwater levels is anticipated over the dry season (November – May).

SFWMD is encouraging residents, visitors, and businesses to conserve water and limit
irrigation. Residents can use these simple tips to save water both inside and outside their

-All landscape irrigation should comply with the allowed days and times as established
in your local government’s year-round landscape irrigation ordinance. Visit Lawn Water-
ing Restrictions to learn more. During the cooler winter months, lawns do not need to be
irrigated as frequently as summer months. Most of the time, one day of irrigation per week
is sufficient to maintain a healthy landscape.

-Check irrigation timers to ensure settings are correct and rain sensors are working properly.
Check irrigation systems to ensure they are working properly and test and repair broken
pipes and damaged sprinkler heads. 

-Fix leaks. Finding and fixing water leaks conserves water, saves money and protects your
home from damage.

-Avoid washing or cleaning streets, sidewalks, driveways, or other impervious areas with

-When utilizing water indoors, reduce shower durations, minimize loads of laundry, and
only run dishwashers when full. 

Landscape the Florida-Friendly Way by planting low maintenance plants using environment-
ally sustainable practices.

-Read more Simple Steps to Save Water

SFWMD staff will continue to monitor water usage and groundwater levels to assess the effective-
ness of voluntary water conservation measures. If the voluntary conservation efforts are not enough,
the SFWMD may declare a water shortage and invoke mandatory water use restrictions. Water use
restrictions would be implemented to protect the public water supply and prevent serious harm to
the water resources. 

Conserving water year-round is an integral part of managing and protecting South Florida’s water
supplies today and for future generations. The SFWMD proactively develops long-term water supply
plans to monitor, evaluate and identify water sources and projects to meet the future water needs
throughout its 16-county region. 

Learn more about the importance of water conservation.

The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages
the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state’s five
water management districts. Our mission is to safeguard and restore South Florida’s water re-
sources and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region’s water
needs while connecting with the public and stakeholders.
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