Agriculture

In Florida, reuse water irrigation, delivered as a typical spray, is limited to plants that are peeled, skinned or cooked. However, alternative methods – like drip-irrigation – can be used.

  • Pacific Growers/Southwest Florida Water Management District – By combining rainwater collection with recycled water filtration, Pacific Growers has reduced runoff by 90 percent, helping to protect the environmentally sensitive Myakka River system in Manatee County and reducing the amount of water drawn from the Floridan Aquifer. The system’s $1.6 million construction was split between Pacific Growers and Swiftmud.
  • Tallahassee – The city’s spray irrigation system provides more than 2,200 acres of agricultural land with recycled water. The land is used to grow corn, soybeans and coastal Bermuda grass, as well as provide feed for cattle grazing. Tallahassee has been using recycled water for crop irrigation since 1966.
  • Monticello – The Suwannee River Water Management District funded the city for more than $700,000 to construct a recycled water system to offset groundwater withdrawals from a local nursery.