Cape Coral experiences water shortage emergency

Published: March 3, 2017 7:37 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla.  The city is on the brink of a crisis, city officials said.

Its supply for irrigation water is depleting, with only four weeks worth of useable water left in the canals.

“As far as the freshwater supply in the canals, it’s definitely the lowest I’ve seen it since I’ve been here,” said city spokesperson Connie Baron.

There are more 800 fire hydrants that use irrigation water. If the water level gets too low, it could affect the pressure in the hydrants, potentially, which could put people’s lives at risk in the event of a fire, according to city officials.

“It’s going to have some serious impacts on the amount of pressure that we need in order to fight the fires,” Baron said.

Citizens are requested to conserve by watering their lawns one day a week.

In addition, the city is also working on a long term project that would provide millions of extra gallons of water per day.