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 722 million
gallons per day (mgd) of reclaimed water was reused for beneficial
purposes in 2011. This represents an average per capita reuse of 38.19
gallons per day per person. Reusing 722 mgd of reclaimed water is
estimated to have avoided the use of over 142 billion gallons of potable
quality water while serving to add more than 81 billion gallons back to
available ground water supplies.
The total reuse capacity of Florida’s domestic wastewater treatment
facilities has gone from 362 mgd in 1986 to 1,618 mgd in 2011 which
amounts to an increase of 347 percent! The current reuse capacity
represents about 64 percent of the total permitted domestic wastewater
treatment capacity in Florida.
Reclaimed water from public access reuse systems was used to
irrigate 311,068 residences, 546 golf courses, 998 parks, and
346 schools. Irrigation of these areas accessible to the public
represented about 58 percent of the 722 mgd of reclaimed water