EUSTIS, Fla., April 11, 2017 -- Water conservation measures have led to a 5 percent decrease in groundwater allocation in the city of Oakland. The city's consumptive use permit renewal was approved April 11 by the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board.
"The district is committed to working with applicants and existing permit holders to ensure the most efficient use of our water supply," said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. "Everyone can take action and help ensure we use water wisely to safeguard future supplies. We applaud Oakland for implementing water conserving techniques and strategies."
The city of Oakland requested a 5 percent decrease in allocation from 0.94 million gallons a day (mgd) to 0.89 mgd of groundwater from the Upper Floridian aquifer even though the population is projected to almost double to more than 5,500 in 20 years.
The reduction in allocation is intended to mitigate the city's impacts to springs in the Wekiva basin. Oakland has adopted the district's watering restrictions and implemented a water conserving tiered rate structure. The city also installed smart meters to reduce their water demand.