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Because groundwater supplies are reduced from limited rainfall during the dry season in Southwest Florida, Lee County and the South Florida Water Management District encourage residents and businesses to conserve water. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted that Florida’s 2022 winter season will have warmer-than-average temperatures with drier-than-average conditions. Conserving water can help reduce the stress on aquifers and keep wells from running dry. Lee County residents are urged to abide by local ordinances that restrict lawn irrigation, which can account for 50% of household use. Landscape irrigation is prohibited daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in unincorporated Lee County. Many municipalities have their own irrigation rules and watering days, so a comprehensive list can be found at SFWMD.gov/mywateringdays.

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