With more than 7,700 lakes, 4,500 square miles of estuaries and bays, 50,000 miles of rivers and streams, and countless wetlands throughout the state, protecting water quality through proper wastewater management is vital to maintaining our quality of life. Improper disposal of the billions of gallons of wastewater produced in Florida every day could impact public health and the environment.
Around three-quarters of the individually permitted wastewater facilities in Florida are classified as domestic (municipal) wastewater facilities. In general, domestic wastewater facilities are those principally designed to collect and treat sanitary wastewater or sewage from dwellings or homes, business buildings, institutions and the like. The remaining one-quarter individually permitted facilities are classified as industrial wastewater facilities.
The department's wastewater management programs located in Tallahassee are responsible for the overall policy, including permitting, compliance and enforcement, on the department's domestic and industrial wastewater programs and coordination of the federally authorized NPDES program. The wastewater management programs in Tallahassee are also in charge of developing the rules and guidance for implementing the wastewater programs consistently throughout Florida and providing technical assistance to district office programs.
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.