Water-Related News

SWFWMD Says Freeze Water Cap Could be in the Future for Farmers

More than 800 area homes suffered from dry water wells or sinkholes because of overpumping during January's freeze. Today, for the first time, the water district proposed a limit on how much water farmers could pump.
Homeowners who went without water for days - or even weeks - during the 11-day freeze may not have to worry anymore. That's if the Southwest Florida Water Management District - or Swiftmud - listens to some of the ideas being floated for the first time by an advisory panel....
Richard Owen, the district's second-in-command, says there could be a cap on how much water farmers can pump to protect their crops when the weather gets below freezing. And it could limit new water permits given out in the strawberry growing areas around Plant City....
The goal is to keep the aquifer from dipping below 10 feet above sea level, which seems to be the threshold for causing dry wells and sinkholes....