Dire report on state water supply

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Because of drought and water withdrawals, the state is having trouble managing water supplies.
That was the message presented by water district officials at Tuesday’s county commission meeting.
Three representatives from the Suwannee River Water Management District showed up to tell the commission about a relatively new partnership between SRWMD, the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection aimed at finding solutions to the state’s approaching water crisis.
“Water is critical to our quality of life,” said SRWMD’s John Dinges at the meeting. The water management districts are tasked with protecting water, he said, while, at the same time, making it available for all who need it. “We have concerns about our water supply,” he said, though adding that Levy County is not considered a high priority right now in terms of water shortages. “But it may be in the future.”

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