District promotes water conservation as rainfall totals continue to decline

PALATKA, Fla., Dec. 13, 2016 — Data compiled by the St. Johns River Water Management District shows a lack of rainfall during November which left much of Central Florida as one of the driest the areas for that month. A full report outlining rainfall totals for November and the previous 12 months was presented at the district’s December Governing Board meeting Tuesday.

“Water conservation is an important part of ensuring the sustainability of Florida’s water supply,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Watering restrictions, expanded use of reclaimed water and the use of water-efficient appliances are ways the district works to encourage conservation.”

Rainfall across the district’s 18 county service area totaled less than an inch, compared to the average of just over two inches for the month.

  • The driest counties, Nassau and Baker, received rainfall of less than 0.10 inches.
  • Indian River County received the most rainfall for the month, with 0.37 inches.
  • Clay, Volusia and Osceola counties each received 0.21 inches.

November’s below average rainfall follows a dry October during which most of the district received less than one inch of rain between Oct. 10 – 31. This is despite initial heavy rainfall associated with Hurricane Matthew in the first nine days of the month.

The low rainfall for November reinforces the 12-month rainfall deficit seen over most of the district. Counties with the greatest deficits are Baker and Nassau, which are 23 percent below average for the past 12 months. The southern third of the district is still somewhat above average, however, despite the recent dryness.

County-by-county precipitation reports and other data is available online at hydroconditions report.

The district’s hydrologic data collection program collects, processes, manages and disseminates hydrologic and meteorological data that are used for consumptive use permitting, water shortage management, establishment of minimum flows and levels, water supply planning and management, environmental protection and restoration projects, and operation of district flood control facilities.