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'Critical condition': Palm Beach County water supply

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Critical condition! That's the status the city says its water levels are in, and now they are ordering one day water restrictions.

The new water restriction will go into affect Monday.

Water levels at all of the cities main water source have continued to drop as rain continues to delay.

We are told Clear Lake has dropped several feet.

The city is hoping the restrictions will conserve what water is left until rain comes.

Across the city homeowners are using their own method of keeping their lawns green.

But soon the city will enforce one day irrigation restrictions. "It's a serious situation when the lake levels are so low and that we depend on for our water supply system," says city spokesperson Chase Scott.

The rain deficits has affected all area communities including our primary water supplies at Grassy Preserve Waters, Lake Mangonia and Clear Lake. "One day watering that pretty tough."

Homeowner Larry Lester has been through a Florida drought before and says news of one day irrigation restriction isn't what he wants to hear. "Once before, when we were one day, I almost lost it then, and I managed because it didn't last for too long."

But Lester says the water restrictions should depend on where your source of water comes from. "People with wells, like myself, should have an exemption also."

Unfortunately, though, they don't. The city says the water level here at Clear Lake has dropped four feet.

The one day irrigation restriction will start June 13.

People with odd number homes will be allowed to use their irrigation system from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Those living in even number homes will be able to use theirs 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Thursdays.

And if you are hand watering you can do that on Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. only for ten minutes.

"We are all in this together, so we're asking everyone to conserve due to the drought," says Scott.

And the city says they will issue warnings to those breaking rules.

They say if the conditions worsen they will began to issue citations.

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