What happens when Tampa Bay really runs out of water?

If we knew that 50% of our water went on grass lawns we would stop watering grass lawns.  Period.  Rather than using our last gulps of water to prop up an obsolete industry, SWFMD and other institutions need to be investing in re-tooling the sod industry into something else, like Florida native plants and sustainable yards industry.  It's not like we don't have choices.

Personally, if I knew that water prices were going to go up a certain amount, it would help me budget for a front-loading washing machine, which would save both water and money down the road.

It's all about getting information and making choices.  Here's some information for you to use: SWFMD's next meeting will be next Tuesday, March 31st at 9:00 am, at 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604 (Google map).

If you can't attend, contact the leadership of the Governing Board: Neil Combee-chair, Todd Pressman-vice chair, Jennifer Clossher-secretary, and Ronald Oakley-treasurer, at [email protected]

Our reservoir is essentially dryMore than 6 major brush fires burn in the counties around us due to the dry conditions and we're only at the beginning of the dry season.  Is anyone besides me wondering what happens next?

As I fill my 3-gallon watering can in the morning (early, within the time allowed for hand watering under St Pete's watering restrictions) I wonder if the drought is the reason for the low water pressure in my tap.

What happens when Tampa Bay really runs out of water?  Does the water pressure get lower and lower?  Does our tap water become salty as sea water fills our aquifers?  Does it just stop running? Is someone engineering the use of rivers further North now that our own rivers are dry?  Is our water bill going to double or triple because we have to buy all our water from the de-salination plant?

While there is a patchwork of new restrictions belatedly being put in place by Tampa, St Pete and the counties, it concerns me that we have so little information about what the drought is going to mean over the coming years.

I think if ordinary people knew the actual price we are going to have to pay for water we would be showing up in droves at SWFMD meetings to demand stronger water management policies.

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