During the past 20 years, Florida has risen to be recognized as a national leader (along with California) in water reuse. Approximately 760 million gallons per day (mgd) of reclaimed water was reused for beneficial purposes in 2016. This represents an average per capita reuse of 37.7 gallons per day per person. Reusing 760 mgd of reclaimed water is estimated to have avoided the use of over 148 billion gallons of potable quality water while serving to add more than 89 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 1,645 mgd in 2016 which amounts to an increase of 63 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 397,750 residences, 574 golf courses, 1,053 parks, and 381 schools. Irrigation of these areas accessible to the public represented about 58 percent of the 760 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.