Reusing Sewage: Water Conservation Comes to South Florida


Water as a limited resource here in Florida may seem ludicrous to many -- after all, the state is literally surrounded by water: there's the Atlantic Ocean; there's the Gulf of Mexico. And then, Florida is blessed with lots of internal waterways, too. Beautiful rivers like the Alafia.

There's no desert here. To consider that Floridians might face a problem of water scarcity seems irrational, right? Except it's true. The lack of good, clear, usable water is a growing concern for our state. It's a big deal.

Florida Legislature Already Promoting Conservation and Reuse of Water

The Florida Legislature has passed laws that serve to protect and promote water throughout the state. Florida Statute 403.064, for example, provides:

(1) The encouragement and promotion of water conservation, and reuse of reclaimed water, as defined by the department, are state objectives and are considered to be in the public interest. The Legislature finds that the reuse of reclaimed water is a critical component of meeting the state's existing and future water supply needs while sustaining natural systems. The Legislature further finds that for those wastewater treatment plants permitted and operated under an approved reuse program by the department, the reclaimed water shall be considered environmentally acceptable and not a threat to public health and safety. The Legislature encourages the development of incentive-based programs for reuse implementation.

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