Water-Related News

Rains ease drought, but aquifer not healthy yet

LEESBURG — The drought is over — for now — in Lake County, which continues to get pummeled by heavy afternoon rains almost daily, according to state water officials.

The St. Johns River Water Management District says the rain has erased the drought, but cautioned that the aquifer, from which Florida draws most of its drinking water, still hasn’t rebounded to satisfactory levels.

“Despite this recent rainfall, we need to stay committed to our water conservation efforts,” St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Ann Shortelle said in a release from the district on Tuesday. “Our team continues to closely monitor hydrologic data within the district as we work to ensure sufficient water for people and the environment.”