WaterWise Expo – June 10, 10am to 1pm

Saturday, June 10, 2017
10:00am to 1:00pm

Join Polk City for a FREE event featuring exhibits, giveaways, and informational presentations on all things water! Let’s learn how to conserve our natural resources while saving money.

Donald Bronson Community Center – 124 Bronson Trail, Polk City, FL 33868

Presentations:

10:15am Conserving Water, One Drop at a Time
presented by: Southwest Florida Water Management District

10:45am It’s Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season
presented by: Polk County

11:15am Why Use Florida Friendly Landscaping?
presented by: UF Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)

11:45am Mosquito Control and Zika Virus Prevention
presented by: Polk County Mosquito Control

12:15pm The Green Swamp
presented by: Central Florida Regional Planning Council

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Florida Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in the proceedings should contact Polk City, 123 Broadway Blvd SE in Polk City, Florida, (863) 984-1375 extension 238, no later than 48 hours prior to the proceedings.

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District Tightens Water Restrictions Throughout 16-County Region

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board voted today to increase water restrictions throughout the region. The modified Phase III water shortage order affects counties throughout the District’s boundaries including Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter.

District hydrologists report a rainfall deficit of 11 inches since the start of the dry season last October. In fact, this is the driest dry season in the past 103 years.

Under the new water shortage order, lawn watering is reduced to once-per-week and allowable watering hours also are reduced. Micro-irrigation and hand watering of non-lawn areas are still allowed any day, if needed. Additionally, there are now limits on car washing and homeowners’ associations may not enforce any deed restrictions which could cause an increase in water use. The restrictions will remain in effect through August 1, 2017. Additional details regarding the watering of new lawns and plants, reclaimed water and other water uses can be found at WaterMatters.org/Restrictions.

The District considers both natural water resource conditions and the viability of public supply when deciding to declare a water shortage order. For the past 20 years, the District has worked diligently with its partners to develop alternative water supplies. Even though the region is experiencing drought conditions, there is adequate public water supply available.

Florida’s dry season runs October through May. The District encourages water conservation year-round, and offers many tips to reduce water use and additional information at WaterMatters.org/Conservation.

Community Feedback Survey

Polk County Public Schools is pleased to announce that our new Community Feedback Survey is now open, and we want to hear from you.

Our team has created this survey as a baseline measurement of public perception for the 2016-17 school year. We are asking parents, community members, business partners, chamber organizations and all others to participate in this new survey.

The brief 5-10 minute survey is available at the link below:

Parents & Community: https://www.polk-fl.net/survey

In addition to your personal participation, we encourage you to forward this link to others in order to encourage additional responses.

Each of you plays a critical role in the success of Polk County Public Schools and we appreciate your support. If you have questions about the Community Feedback Survey, please contact the Dept. of Assessment, Accountability & Evaluations at (863) 534-0688.

Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) – Water Restrictions

DISTRICT DECLARES PHASE I WATER SHORTAGE THROUGHOUT 16-COUNTY REGION

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted today to declare a Phase I Water Shortage for all 16 counties throughout the District’s boundaries. Included in the order are Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter counties.

 

The primary purpose for a Phase I water shortage is to alert the public that watering restrictions could be forthcoming. The order also requires local utilities to review and implement procedures for enforcing year-round water conservation measures and water shortage restrictions, including reporting enforcement activity to the District.

 

Phase I water shortage order does not change allowable watering schedules, however it does prohibit “wasteful and unnecessary” water use.

 

The District considers both natural water resource conditions and the viability of public supply when deciding to declare a water shortage order – that means, restricting the amount of water the public can use. For the past 20 years, the District has worked diligently with our partners to develop alternative water supplies. Even though we are experiencing drought conditions, there is adequate water supply available to the public.

 

Florida’s dry season runs October through May and April is historically one of the driest months of the year. The District encourages water conservation year-round, and offers many tips to reduce water use and additional information on our website WaterMatters.org/conservation.