Florida leads the nation when it comes to water reuse, with 660 million gallons produced every single day, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. Those efforts have saved 127 billion gallons of potable water and added 79 billion gallons of water back into groundwater supplies.
Because half of the state’s potable water is used for something other than drinking, implementing reuse programs can offset the ongoing, unrelenting need for more water. In fact, the demand for “drinking water” could actually shrink despite another population boom because of water reuse programs.
Directing reuse toward irrigation projects, using it to cool nuclear reactors, and even recharging groundwater supplies means enough water will be available for everyone, and drinking supplies won’t be overused creating environmental harm, or polluted with saltwater intrusion or other damaging consequences.