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 797 million gallons per day (mgd) of reclaimed water was reused for beneficial purposes in 2018. This represents an average per capita reuse of 38.23 gallons per day per person. Reusing 797 mgd of reclaimed water is estimated to have avoided the use of over 154 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 1,735 mgd in 2018 which amounts to an increase of 72 percent! The current reuse capacity represents about 67 percent of the total permitted domestic wastewater treatment capacity in Florida.
Reclaimed water from public access reuse systems was used to irrigate 437,380 residences, 529 golf courses, 1,138 parks, and 401 schools. Irrigation of these areas accessible to the public represented about 57 percent of the 797 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.