November 8, 2016

South Florida Water Levels Sufficient for Dry Season Needs
Water managers do not anticipate near-term water supply issues 

2016 Wet Season Rainfall

October 2016 Rainfall

Click on the images for larger versions of the 2016 wet season (left) and October rainfall maps.
West Palm Beach, FL - South Florida water levels are near the top of their normal ranges to start the dry season because of heavy rainfall at the start of 2016 and near-average wet season rainfall.

South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) water managers  today predicted a low risk of drought conditions or water supply shortages in the coming months.

"Water levels are where we want them at the Nov. 1 start of the dry season," said SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik. "The goal is to maintain balanced water management to meet supply needs while providing flood control."

South Florida's Dry Season
  • November - May
  • 18 inches of rain on average
  • May and October are important transition months
  • March, April and May have the highest evaporation rates and lowest rainfall
South Florida's Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Conservation Measures remain in place and do not change with the seasons. An explanation of the measures by county can be found on SFWMD's website at:  www.sfwmd.gov/2days .

Wet Season Summary
The last 12 months (Nov. 15 - Oct 16.) was the wettest 12-month period since 1994-1995 and the second wettest 12-month period since 1959-1960. The wettest January since 1932 and near -average rainfall for much of the 16-county region during the wet season, spanning June 1 to Oct. 31, sustained water levels.

An average of 33.13 inches fell between Orlando and the Florida Keys during the wet season, representing 96 percent of average, or just 1.26 inches below average.  The wet season ended with below-average  October rainfall, with 3.21 inches representing 80 percent of average, or 0.80 inches below average.
Media Contact: 
Randy Smith  |   rrsmith@sfwmd.gov    |  Office: 561-682-2800  |  Cell: 561-389-3386
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.


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