“Reclaimed water is highly treated wastewater and can be used for irrigation and other uses to extend out water supplies. There are many benefits to using reclaimed water such as reducing potable water use, decreasing fertilizer application, reducing discharge into rivers and bays from wastewater plants, and most importantly, ensuring a sustainable and cost-effective water supply,” reports Southwest Florida Water Management District. The District has implemented a twice a week watering schedule to help meet current and future water supply needs in Tampa Bay.
About Southwest Florida Water Management District
The District works with local utilities and water users to maximize the beneficial use of reclaimed water as an alternative water supply. The use of reclaimed water helps meet current and future water supply needs in the region and is a vital component of the District’s Regional Water Supply Plan. The District has committed to a long-term goal to beneficially reuse 75 percent of all flows from wastewater treatment plants. To meet this goal, the District provides funding through our Cooperative Funding Initiative program to help communities develop reclaimed water systems. During the past 30 years, the District has committed more than $422 million to water reuse projects in west-central Florida.
The districts administer flood protection programs and perform technical investigations into water resources. They also develop water management plans for water shortages in times of drought, and acquire and manage lands for water management purposes. Delegated regulatory programs include management of the consumptive use of water, aquifer recharge, well construction and surface water management.
Here is some information and frequently asked questions about Pinellas County reclaimed water from Southwest Florida Water Management District:
Effective Date and Areas
New Lawns and Plants
Fountains, Car Washing and Pressure Washing
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