During the past 20 years, Florida has risen to be recognized as a national leader (along with California) in water reuse. Approximately 813 million gallons per day (mgd) of reclaimed water was reused for beneficial purposes in 2017. This represents an average per capita reuse of 39.7 gallons per day per person. Reusing 813 mgd of reclaimed water is estimated to have avoided the use of over 161 billion gallons of potable quality water while serving to add more than 92 billion gallons back to available ground water supplies.
The total reuse capacity of Florida’s domestic wastewater treatment facilities has increased from 1,009 mgd in 1998 to 1,689 mgd in 2017 which amounts to an increase of 67 percent! The current reuse capacity represents about 66 percent of the total permitted domestic wastewater treatment capacity in Florida.
Reclaimed water from public access reuse systems was used to irrigate 419,016 residences, 574 golf courses, 1,016 parks, and 397 schools. Irrigation of these areas accessible to the public represented about 60 percent of the 813 mgd of reclaimed water reused.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.