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Two county water-quality projects get state funding

Wastewater area

Under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced a suite of 40 projects that will receive $50 million from the Fighting for Florida’s Future budget to improve water quality, reduce nutrient loading, recharge water supply and protect habitat in Florida’s iconic spring systems.

This includes a state investment of more than $9 million to protect springs in Southwest Florida, including Aripeka, Weeki Wachee, Kings Bay, Crystal and Rainbow springsheds.

Water district acquires Rainbow River Ranch property

Rainbow River

Purchase made in partnership with Nature Conservancy

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) has closed on the purchase of the environmentally important Rainbow River Ranch.

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Students find leaky toilets

Sarah Cunningham’s 5th grade class of Hernando Elementary
In celebration of the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative, Citrus County Utilities challenged 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms to test home toilets for leaks in the third annual Classroom Leak Detection Challenge.
 
Twenty-nine classes from six schools tested 593 toilets using dye tablets provided by the utility. 
 
 “The students were surprised to learn that toilet leaks occur within the tank and bowl, not necessarily outside the toilet (leaking water on the floor),” said Forest Ridge Elementary 5th grade science teacher Kathy Kopp.
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County residents urged to conserve water

Citrus County citizens are being urged to voluntarily reduce water consumption while drought conditions continue. 

Water district declares water shortage in 16 counties

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