water is life... water conservation and reuse must be our way of life."
In response to the state objectives in Section
373.250 and Section 403.064, Florida Statutes (F.S.), of "encouraging and promoting
reuse," the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has developed a
comprehensive reuse program. The Department has created extensive rules dealing with water
reuse which are contained in Chapter 62-610, Florida Administrative Code
reuse involves taking domestic wastewater, giving it a high degree of treatment, and using
the resulting high-quality reclaimed water for a new, beneficial purpose. Extensive
treatment and disinfection ensure that public health and environmental quality are
For additional information about water reuse,
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"Reuse is key to the State’s water future. Currently,
Florida is leading the nation -- reusing 660 million gallons of reclaimed
water each day to conserve freshwater supplies and replenish our rivers,
streams, lakes and the aquifers," said former Secretary Michael W. Sole. "In
2006, Florida's Water Reuse Program was the first recipient of the EPA
Water Efficiency Leader Award. Even as a national leader, Florida is only
reaching a fraction of potential reuse opportunities. As our state
continues to grow, DEP will strive to promote efficient water management
to help conserve the State’s natural resources."
Reclaiming Water: Reusing a Precious
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