WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) — Bright sunny skies and warm afternoons may make perfect afternoons at the beach, but they taking their toll on out water supply.READ MORE: Biden Administration Unveils Program To Help Move Afghan Refugees From US Military Bases Into Permanent Homes
The South Florida Water Management District said March was drier than usual, averaging under an inch of rainfall in the region stretching from Orlando to the Florida Keys.
The lack of rain has caused the water level in Lake Okeechobee to drop below the minimum range targeted for South Florida’s drinking water supply.READ MORE: Centner Academy Reverses Course On 30-Day Quarantine For Vaccinated Students
On Monday, officials said the lake was at 12.46 feet above sea level, which is about two a half feet lower than the same time last year. In order to balance water supply needs during dry months while avoiding flooding concerns during the storm season, the Army Corp of Engineers likes to keep the lake level between 12.5 to 15.5 feet year round.
If the spring dry spell becomes a summer drought, we could see water restrictions later this year.MORE NEWS: Gov. DeSantis Wants To Offer $5,000 Bonuses To Law Enforcement Officers Who Come To Florida
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