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Leon County facing severe drought, no water restrictions at this time

Posted at 5:35 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 17:35:59-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. — With Leon County in what's considered a "severe" drought and with no rain on tap, we're checking with county leaders about the possibility of water restrictions.

Leon County is under zero restrictions right now when it comes to water. There's always the possibility if conditions continue to get worse, but it's just not something leaders are working on at the moment.

We spoke to the director of emergency management. He says the most noticeable impact of the drought right now is your lawns and gardens.

Many of them are sporting brown spots these days. Since the county isn't taking any steps to limit the community on water use, you're still free to water your lawn if you're trying to keep it green.

However, emergency management wants people to be very careful about one thing, fires. He says in these dry conditions, they can easily get out of control.

"Anyone that's considering any time of lawn or land clearing and is considering fire use," said Kevin Peters, Emergency Management Director for Leon County. "You want to be careful and make sure you have water on hand to extinguish any fires that might get a little bit hot."

If conditions worsen, emergency management may have to take bigger steps to conserve water. But again, at this point, they feel like Leon County has plenty.

Peters also wants to remind everyone that even though we are seeing very dry conditions, we are still in hurricane season until November.

So he wants to make sure that people are prepared for any possible storms.