Ceday Key is the latest on an ever-growing list of victims suffering from record-low groundwater levels.
Cedar Key Sewer and Water District Chair David Beach announced in an emergency meeting Tuesday that saltwater intrusion has impacted all three of the city’s working wells.
Beach said measurements taken from the city’s No. 4 well on Monday were at 730 miligrams per liter, almost three times the allowable standard of 250 mpl.
“We have an unfortunate situation right now we feel is because of the drought …” Beach said.
The District has been monitoring the situation for about two weeks, Beach said, and each day the situation has gotten worse. The city’s No. 3 well was, at one point, measured at 368 mpl, and the No. 2 well, which he said the District had hoped to use as a backup, was “worse than 3 and 4.”
“The last two or three days … there has been a drastic increase and change in quality,” Beach said, adding that agencies such as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Suwannee River Water Management District and the Florida Rural Water Association had all been contacted and were being consulted.