The relentless drought is having an effect on one of the few above ground water supplies in Northwest Florida.
Fifty years ago, Deer Point Lake was built to supply the water needs of Bay County. This week, commissioners discussed raising the rate by 40-percent it charges cities for the water.
The current rates have been in effect since 2000.
The on-going dry conditions have county officials asking residents to conserve.
Although water supplies are reportedly good at Deer Point Lake, levels continue to drop with increased demand during the spring and summer.
The Bay County Commission will hold a public hearing later this month on the proposed water rate increase.