Water managers and the news media may be confusing water users with the news today.
ONLY FARMERS, GOLF COURSES, AND NURSERIES CAN RETURN TO WATER USE ALLOWED BY THEIR PERMITS. HOMEOWNERS IN WEST PALM BEACH AND THE TOWN OF PALM BEACH ARE STILL UNDER ONE DAY-A-WEEK WATERING RESTRICTIONS!
Regional managers rescinded water shortage restrictions today, but don't turn on your sprinkler yet. -- Farmers, golf courses and nurseries can return to the water use allowed by their permits, but homeowners remain under the South Florida Water Management District's three-days-a-week limit or possibly tighter restrictions imposed by their localities -- whichever are more severe.
That means lawns in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, which imposed the most severe restrictions in Palm Beach County, still can only be watered one day a week. Municipal restrictions may only be lifted by each city, not the water district.
The district lifted its restrictions after learning that heavy rains in October raised Lake Okeechobee one foot above the water shortage range. Experts now predict a less than 25 percent chance that the lake will drop back into the water shortage range during the current dry season.