Water-Related News

SWFWMD Considering Water Use Caution Area in Eastern Hillsborough

The Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board voted on Tuesday to begin the rulemaking process to create a new water use caution area and set a minimum aquifer level in the Dover/Plant City area. The District will develop regulatory strategies in the new water use caution area that will limit groundwater pumpage.

A water use caution area is designated where water resources are or will become critical in the next 20 years. During the 11-day January 2010 freeze event, the combined pumping of Dover area farmers dropped the aquifer level 60 feet in some locations and caused 140 sinkholes and impacts to more than 750 wells. The District has developed a management strategy that includes incentives to reduce groundwater use over time, well construction standards and regulatory limitations on water use in the area.