A large portion of Florida are designated Water Resource Caution Areas by the state Department of Environmental Protection. These are areas that have critical water supply problems, or could develop problems in the next 20 years.
In these areas, reuse water is required as a way to conserve potable water. Utilities in Water Resource Caution Areas have to submit reuse feasibility studies before the state issues permits to take fresh water from surface and ground sources like rivers and aquifers.
As the number of people living in Florida – and the planet – grows, so does the demand for water, stretching available water supplies to the limit. Re-treating and reusing water is a great way to manage a limited and valuable resource.