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Mandatory water restrictions in effect

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - New orders Tuesday night from the people who watch our water supply: start conserving or things could get a whole lot worse.

Palm Beach County is going through one of its driest winters on record.

The entire county got seven fewer inches of rain than it normally does in winter.

Starting Tuesday, everyone in the county is being asked to reset their sprinklers from three days to two.

Gay Gregory is done with water bills that are bigger than a car payment. "I'm not using my sprinkler system any longer because I'm using my oscillator which uses less water," she said.

But that's about the only water her lawn is seeing. Her backyard has more brown than green, and her front lawn is patchy.

"My lawn has definitely suffered a great deal," said Gregory of Lake Clark Shores.

The county is in emergency mode now, with officials calling for businesses to cut use by 15 percent, and for homeowners to cut the number of days they water their lawns.

"We're expecting that the dry season is going to continue to be as dry as it has been," said Peter Kawiatkowski, the district's water shortage team leader.

Not a problem for Lake Clark Shores resident Gholam Rahman who already has his sprinklers set for two days a week. "If we all do our job, we do our duties, then it should not be a problem," said Rahman.

He's seen the water line at the creek behind his house fall almost everyday. "It's gone down like three or four inches," said Rahman.

Gregory says times like these, where your lawn may get a bit brown, call for a little perspective. "Our fruits and vegetables are important. Our livelihoods are important, but our lawns I don't think are that important," said Gregory.

The water district says the drought will likely get worse, and that they may have to tighten restrictions even further.

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