LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Lakewood Ranch will remain on a once-per-week watering schedule despite the Southwest Florida Water Management District board's July 30 vote to let all water shortages expire.
The board's decision most affected residents in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties as they are now allowed to water their lawns twice a week rather than once. In Manatee County, most residents will remain watering two days per week, officials said.
But Braden River Utilities, a subsidiary of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch that provides irrigation water to Lakewood Ranch, won't be relaxing the restrictions any time soon.
"There currently is no intent ... to lift the restriction," said Bob Simons, vice president of development, in an e-mail.
The company supplies most of the water from ground water wells, which have restrictions. The current water usage is close to the maximum amount of water allowed to be withdrawn.
"Until reclaimed water sources are in place to offset the well usage and the community adopts irrigation water conservation practices, Braden River Utilities will need to maintain the current one day per week schedule," Simons said.
The watering schedule in Lakewood Ranch has been restricted to one day per week for more than five years.