Florida is recognized as a national leader in water reuse. Water recycling is an integral part of wastewater management, water resource management, and ecosystem management in the state. Approximately 884 million gallons per day of reclaimed water were used for beneficial purposes in 2020. In addition, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is currently engaging in rulemaking to ensure proper regulation for implementation of potable reuse programs in the state.
Learn about Recycled Water in Florida
WateReuse Florida maintains a website that provides members with detailed information about how and where water is being treated and recycled across the state. The website also includes valuable information about water management, water allocation, and environmental protection, as well as access to member-only communications tools and resources. The website also hosts the work of the Potable Reuse Commission, a consensus driven partnership that developed a framework for the implementation of potable reuse in Florida.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hosts a website, One Water Florida, to provide transparent and accurate information on the safety and need for potable reuse in the state. The One Water Florida website notes that recycled water is part of Florida’s state plan to ensure future water supplies and protect the environment and includes information on recycled water projects and quick facts on recycled water in the context of Florida’s environmental and regulatory landscape.
Recycled Water: Florida’s Future (Florida DEP)
The Safety of Recycled Water (Florida DEP)
Framework for the Implementation of Potable Reuse in Florida
The Potable Reuse Commission Report is the result of a two-year, extensive, consensus-based effort by water professionals and a diverse stakeholder group. The report provide lawmakers, policymakers and regulators with sound strategies to overcome obstacles and address challenges to potable reuse. The Potable Reuse Commission, chaired by WateReuse Florida, is comprised of representatives from utilities, public health sector, agriculture, business, and environmental groups.