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South Florida hit with tighter water restrictions

South Florida businesses and residents face the severest water cutbacks ever ordered as officials Thursday approved tougher restrictions to battle the state's record drought.

The South Florida Water Management District board, meeting in West Palm Beach, voted in favor of the new restrictions.

Starting March 28, residents will be limited to one-day-per-week lawn watering for three hours. Under the previous restrictions, irrigation was allowed twice per week, four hours each day.

The restrictions will also further limit watering hours for golf courses, car washes and farmers.

_ Ledger and wire reports

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