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A THING OF THE PAST? Thanks in part to Tropical Storm Debby in June 2012, Sarasota County received more rain than it had in previous summers. Photo by Norman Schimmel SUFFICIENT GROUNDWATER SUPPLIES IN SARASOTA AND ITS THREE NEIGHBORING COUNTIES MEAN NO WATER RESTRICTIONS FOR NOW By Stan Zimmerman City Editor It is that time of year, the peak of the dry season, when water managers mobilize the ���water cops��� and issue restrictions on water use. Car washing and lawn watering are the first targets, and it gets tougher after that. Despite extraordinarily low rainfall this year, the four counties forming the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority are sitting on nearly a year���s worth of groundwater. And no restrictions are in sight. MD) board of directors on Tuesday, Feb. 26. His organization supplies water to Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. Other parts of the district are not so fortunate. Before Lehman spoke, Lois Sorensen asked the SWFMD board to impose a Phase III water restriction on Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. She is the district���s demand management program manager. The measure cuts car washing and lawn waThe Authority���s executive director, Patrick tering to one time per week per household. Lehman, reported good news to the Southwest The restrictions would go into effect March Florida Water Management District (SWFW- 13 and extend through the end of July.

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