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Orange County has least rainfall in March 2017, water management district says

Reflecting the continuing dry trends, March 2017 saw a below-average rainfall across the St. Johns River Water Management District’s 18-county service area. Orange County, part of this area, was one of the counties that received the least amount with 0.36 inches.

A full report outlining rainfall totals was presented on Tuesday, April 11, at the district’s April Governing Board meeting.

“Continued dry conditions reinforce the important role water conservation plays in providing sufficient water for people and the environment,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “We continue to closely monitor hydrologic data within the district to determine next steps regarding future potential water shortage declarations.”

Due to dry conditions, the 12-month cumulative rainfall remains below average, with a districtwide rainfall deficit of 10.9 inches. While the significance of recent rain has yet to be determined, the trend is predicted to persist as rainfall is normally low during April and May.