Water shortage in effect despite recent rain

The water shortage warning was issued back in March

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – This time of year, there’s a chance of rain in the forecast just about every day. However, parts of the St. Johns River Water Management District are still recovering after the unusually dry spring months.

The water shortage warning issued back in March is still in place despite recent rain.

A few months back, most of Florida was in a drought. Wildfires torched hundreds and thousands of acres across North Florida. Now, months later summer rain has been pounding the area -- even flooding some parts.

Last month Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties all received above average rainfall, while Nassau, Baker and Putnam counties all experienced below average rain, according to the St. Johns River Water Management District. As a whole, rainfall in the 18-county district was above average in July, but shortages from earlier this year leaves averages over the past 12 months in the red.

"A water shortage is a short term tool. We don't plan to use it for very long. It is just our bridge that gap between the dry period and the turning rainfall," said Kraig McLane, Water Shortage Team Leader.

The district is asking the community to incorporate water conservation into their everyday routine, whether it’s inside the home or out in the yard. McLane says folks should take advantage of mother nature.

"This is a good time for folks to consider sodding or putting vegetation in while we're getting regular rain, so that is a positive thing that folks can do," said McLane.

Water Management tells News4JAX levels should be back to normal in a month or two if the weather continues on the same path

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