Larry Williams, UF/IFAS Extension Agent for Okaloosa County, offers lawn and garden advice specific to Northwest Florida.
689-5850 or 729-1400, Ext. 5850
During periods of dry weather, saltwater from the gulf and bays can move into wells. This saltwater intrusion occurs as a result of over-pumping of coastal wells, especially during periods of dry weather. This problem is complicated by an increase in population (more and more people relying on irrigation wells to water their landscapes) and from the lack of knowledge on how to design and irrigate a coastal landscape.
Basically, what happens is that freshwater is being pulled out faster