Published: Mar 10, 2011 8:58 PM EST
Updated: Mar 10, 2011 6:03 PM EST

Water managers have a warning for everyone in south Florida:   Cut back on water use now, or face mandatory restrictions later this spring.    The governing board of the S. Fl. Water Management District approved the warning at a meeting on Thursday.

"We are in a drought, in fact the period from last October to this February, was the driest in 80 years in So. Florida," said Phil Flood, local manager for the water district.

"The projections from the National Weather Service are for a drier than normal spring.  So we are concerned and need to start conserving the water right now," Flood added.

The warning means that home owners are supposed to limit lawn watering to 2 days a week.   Farmers also will be asked to reduce water use, and business owners as well.

"We have to do this now, otherwise we will have mandatory restrictions later on.  That means possible tickets for water violators," said Flood.

Home owner Gil Kaminski of N. Ft. Myers says it should be no problem.   "I water 2 times a week and that is enough to keep the St. Augustine grass looking very nice.   Others should do the same, you have to follow the rules.   We must do that so that the next generation has enough water," said Kaminski.