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The City of Sanibel, along with Lee County, is under a mandatory water restriction order from the South Florida Water Management District due to current drought conditions. That means landscape irrigation is prohibited from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to reduce evaporation. Even-numbered addresses may only irrigate on Sundays and odd-numbered addresses on Wednesdays.
However, frequent hand washing uses very little water and the practice is encouraged during the pandemic. And there are no restrictions on water use to respond to COVID-19.
The current rainfall deficit of 7.64 inches for the southwest coast of Florida, extreme heat and decreasing surface and groundwater levels are expected to continue throughout the remainder of the dry season, which typically lasts through the end of the May.
In response, Lee County has developed a video to educate residents on water conversation and restrictions, as well as a how-to video on re-setting irrigation systems.