In recognizing the importance of reclaimed water and the challenges Florida faces in expanding its use, the 2014 Legislature passed SB 536, requiring a comprehensive study on the use of reclaimed water (to also include stormwater and excess surface water). The study, to be conducted by the DEP in coordination with DACS and the five WMDs, must identify factors that prohibit or complicate its use and must include environmental, engineering, public health and perception, fiscal components, as well as feasibility analyses for regional storage facilities on both public and private lands. This report must be submitted to the Legislature by December 1, 2015.
Last week, the DEP announced public workshops to be held in each of the five water management districts in October. The upcoming workshops are scheduled as follows:
• Wednesday, October 8, 1 PM, Live Oak (SRWMD/DEP)
• Friday, October 17, 10 AM, Palatka (SJRWMD/DEP)
• Monday, October 20, 1 PM, West Palm Beach (SFWMD/DEP)
• Monday, October 27, 1 PM (CST)/2 PM (EST), Panama City (NWFWMD/DEP)
• Wednesday, October 29, 10 AM, Brooksville (SWFWMD/DEP)
For more information, please see the DEP’s reclaimed water webpage at:www.dep.state.fl.us/water/reuse/study.htm