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Florida's Reuse Activities

Reuse has become an integral part of wastewater management, water resource management, and ecosystem management in Florida.

During the past 20 years, Florida has risen to be recognized as a national leader (along with California) in water reuse. Approximately 760 million gallons per day (mgd) of reclaimed water was reused for beneficial purposes in 2016. This represents an average per capita reuse of 37.7 gallons per day per person. Reusing 760 mgd of reclaimed water is estimated to have avoided the use of over 148 billion gallons of potable quality water while serving to add more than 89 billion gallons back to available ground water supplies.

The total reuse capacity of Florida’s domestic wastewater treatment facilities has gone from 1,009 mgd in 1998 to 1,645 mgd in 2016 which amounts to an increase of 63 percent! The current reuse capacity represents about 64 percent of the total permitted domestic wastewater treatment capacity in Florida.

Actual reuse flow versus reuse capacity for years 1986 - 2015. Pie chart of reuse by categories for 2015. (industrial - 17%, wetlands & other - 4%, groundwater recharge - 13%, agricultural irrigation - 9%, public access areas - 57%).

 

Florida's Reuse

Reclaimed water from public access reuse systems was used to irrigate 362,737 residences, 537 golf courses, 1,022 parks, and 369 schools. Irrigation of these areas accessible to the public represented about 57 percent of the 738 mgd of reclaimed water reused.

Last updated: June 15, 2017

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