Torrential downpours are typical of a Florida summer, but summer 2023 was not typical. The Tampa Bay region received only 3.2 inches of rainfall during September instead of the normal 7 inches or more. Hot, dry weather and inconsistent rainfall have put the region in a Stage 1 water shortage. Learn about the water shortage stages.
Conserving water during times of drought ensures there is enough water for people and the environment. Here are 20 ways you can help save our most precious natural resource: