Florida's Reuse Program
Reuse is an integral part of water resources management, wastewater management, and ecosystem management in Florida. It reduces demands on valuable surface and ground waters used for drinking water sources, eliminates discharges that may pollute valuable surface waters, recharges ground water, and postpones costly investment for development of new water sources and supplies.
The Florida Legislature has established "The encouragement and promotion of reuse of reclaimed water and water conservation…" as formal state objectives in Section 403.064(1), Florida Statutes (F.S.), and Section 373.250, F.S. It is interesting to note that the objectives are included in the statute dealing with environmental and wastewater control, and the statute dealing with water resources and water supply. Florida’s reuse program was implemented in response to the state reuse objectives.
Water Reuse for Florida: Strategies for Effective Use of Reclaimed Water
The Reuse Strategy Report is a useful and important document. The centerpiece of the report is a series of 16 strategies designed to encourage efficient and effective use of reclaimed water in Florida. It can also serve as a reference to the evolution of Florida's Water Reuse Program, and a roadmap for the Water Reuse Program as we move into the 21st Century.
Statement of Support for Water Reuse
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection along with Region 4 of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Florida Department of Health, Florida’s five water management districts, the Public Service Commission, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Florida Department of Community Affairs have developed the Statement of Support for Water Reuse in Florida. The Statement of Support is a clear statement of the participating agencies’ support for water reuse and their commitment to working together to encourage and promote water reuse in Florida.
Last updated: June 30, 2014
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