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Friday, 07 July 2017 09:59

Please be advised that Sumter County will be changing the emergency mass notification system from CodeRED to Everbridge. CodeRED warnings will stop as of 09-30-2017; make sure you sign up for the new notification system before that time. You can sign up at the following location: www.sumterprepares.com, select the AlertSumter button and follow the instructions.

Please see the attached press release below for full details.

Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted on May 23rd, 2017 to increase water restrictions throughout the region. The modified Phase III water shortage order affects counties throughout the District’s boundaries including Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter.

 District hydrologists report a rainfall deficit of 11-inches since the start of the dry season last October. In fact, this is the driest dry season in the past 103 years.

 Under the new water shortage order, lawn watering is reduced to once-per-week and allowable watering hours also are reduced. Micro-irrigation and hand watering of non-lawn areas are still allowed any day, if needed. Additionally, there are now limits on car washing and homeowners’ associations may not enforce any deed restrictions which could cause an increase in water use. The restrictions will remain in effect through August 1, 2017. Additional details regarding the watering of new lawns and plants, reclaimed water and other water uses can be found at WaterMatters.org/restrictions.

 The District considerers both natural water resource conditions and the viability of public supply when deciding to declare a water shortage order. For the past 20 years, the District has worked diligently with its partners to develop alternative water supplies. Even though the region is experiencing drought conditions, there is adequate public water supply available.

 Florida’s dry season runs October through May. The District encourages water conservation year-round, and offers many tips to reduce water use and additional information at WaterMatters.org/conservation.

For more information, please visit Southwest Florida Water Management Districts website at: http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/conservation/restrictions/swfwmd.php

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 15:00

Hurricane Safety Tips

As Florida prepares for the 2017 hurricane season, the City of Bushnell reminds you to stay safe and be ready. If a storm does hit our area, stay away from downed power lines – don’t touch them. Electric crews will be working diligently to restore power as quickly as possible.

The City of Bushnell has developed 12 often overlooked safety tips that electric customers should follow to protect themselves and their home. These safety tips remind our customers of things that people did not know or forgot during previous hurricanes, tropical storms and weather-related events.

  1. Unplug appliances and electronics during power outages to prevent surges when electricity is restored. Power surges can damage equipment and start electrical fires.
  2. Operate portable generators in an open and ventilated area, never in the home or garage. Also, do not directly connect generators into your home’s main electrical system. This could create a back feed to the power grid and injure people working to restore electricity.
  3. If your home has water leaks or floods, shut off the power to your home until the electrical wiring can be inspected by a licensed electrician.
  4. If you smell natural gas, evacuate immediately and call the gas company’s emergency number.
  5. Carry proper identification in the event you need to enter identification check points to access your home or neighborhood.
  6. Inspect your home’s weatherhead for damage after a storm. The weatherhead is located above the electric meter where the electrical wires exit the conduit. The weatherhead is the homeowner’s responsibility, and utility workers cannot reconnect service if it is damaged. Contact a licensed electrician for repairs.
  7. Utility companies typically cannot respond to customers with special needs during or immediately after a storm. Have an evacuation plan and know the locations of special needs shelters. If you or someone you know has special electrical medical equipment, contact the City of Bushnell or the Sumter County Emergency Management before the storm’s arrival.
  8. To determine a hurricane evacuation route, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org.
  9. Collect water in your water heater by turning off power to the unit and closing the water valve. If water pressure is lost, approximately 40 gallons of fresh water will be stored in the tank. Fill bathtubs and the washing machine with water to clean with and to operate toilets.
  10. Clear patios and yards of lawn furniture, toys, potted plants and other items that could blow away and cause damage or injury.
  11. Locate gas water shut-off valves and the main electricity switch in the event they need to be turned off.
  12. Create a hurricane survival kit that includes: first aid supplies; drinking water (at least one gallon per person, per day); batteries; flashlights; battery powered radio; manual can opener; prescriptions; baby food and diapers; pet food; canned foods; cash; tarps; rope; bleach; trash bags; charcoal or gas grill with plenty of fuel; wooden kitchen matches; and a portable cooler. Consider using a hard-wired, corded phone as cordless phones will not work during a power outage.

The hurricane season begins June 1st and ends Nov. 30th. For more information call City Hall at 352-793-2591.

To download/print these tips, open the attachment below.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:55

Water conservation is a key link between balancing current and future water needs, our water supply has diminished over the years, and its time all citizens take a proactive stance to ensure future generations have water.  Here are some smart tips:

  •    Scrape, don’t rinse your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. 
  •    Use your garbage disposal sparingly and start composting your kitchen waste.
  •    Check the hoses on your washing machine regularly for leaks.  
  •    Insulate your water pipes; you will get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.
  •    Turn your water softener off while you are on vacation. 
  •    DO NOT leave sprinklers unattended. Set a kitchen timer to remind yourself to shut off the sprinklers.
  •    DO NOT hose down your driveway. Use a broom or blower to clean leaves and other debris from these areas. 
  •    Rain barrels are great for watering plants. (Instructions for building a rain barrel are available at City Hall)   
  •    Use a shut off nozzle on your water hose and when you are finished shut the water off at the spigot to avoid leaks.

 

DID YOU KNOW:

  • A garden hose WITHOUT a shutoff nozzle can pour out 540 gallons in 1 hour?
  • When washing your car; try to use a commercial car wash that recycles water. 
  • When washing your car at home, park your car on the grass; use a hose with a shutoff nozzle and a bucket of soapy water.

 

**ALWAYS refer to Southwest Florida Water Management District’s website for times and day/s you are allowed to use outside water. Visit the link below for details:
http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/conservation/restrictions/swfwmd.php

ALL WATER CONSERVATION TIPS PROVIDED BY SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER  MANAGEMENT DISTRICT. FOR MORE WATER CONSERVATION TIPS VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT: http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/