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The Water Facilities staff is responsible for compliance and enforcement for Domestic Waste, Industrial Waste and Potable Water regulated facilities in Martin Okeechobee and St Lucie Counties.  In addition staff investigates complaints and assists the SED permitting staff in permit renewals. 


Industrial Wastewater Section

The Department of Environmental Protection's Industrial Wastewater Section issues discharge permits that authorize the discharge of properly treated wastewater to the land or to waters of the state. The section is responsible for regulating vehicle wash facilities, power plants, citrus processing facilities and dairy and chicken farms. Any waste combined with water that is not sewage (domestic waste) is industrial waste. 


Potable Water Section

The FDEP has the primary role of regulating public water systems in Florida. Authority derives from Chapter 403, Part IV, Florida Statutes and by delegation of the federal program from the EPA. The FDEP has promulgated a number of rules in the Florida Administrative Code.

A public water system is one that provides water to 25 or more people for at least 60 days each year or serves 15 or more service connections. These public water systems may be publicly or privately owned and operated.

Very small water systems which provide water for public consumption, but which do not fall under the above definition, are regulated by the Department of Health and the county health departments. Bottled water and water vending machines are regulated by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food Safety. Digging of water wells, both public and private, and the quantities of water that may be extracted, are regulated by the Water Management Districts.

The Fort Pierce branch office contacts for potable water are broken into counties.  The email contacts by county are as follows.

St. Lucie County        Jocelyn Labbe       Jocelyn.Labbe@dep.state.fl.us

Martin County            Vacant

Okeechobee County    Greg Kennedy       Greg.Kennedy@dep.state.fl.us


Wastewater in Florida

There are over 3,000 individually permitted domestic, not including septic systems, and industrial wastewater facilities in Florida. Less than a quarter of these facilities are authorized to discharge to surface water. As surface water dischargers, they are subject to the Department's federally authorized National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements. However, many of these NPDES facilities also discharge to ground waters. The remaining facilities are authorized solely as groundwater discharges through land-application, beneficial reuse of reclaimed water or deep well injection

 A little less than three-quarters of the individually permitted wastewater facilities in Florida are classified as domestic (municipal) wastewater facilities. In general, domestic wastewater facilities are those principally designed to collect and treat sanitary wastewater or sewage from dwellings or homes, business buildings, institutions, and the like. The remaining one-quarter individually permitted facilities are classified as industrial wastewater facilities.


Ft. Pierce Office Waste Management Contacts

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City of Port St. Lucie

City of Stuart

City of Okeechobee

St. Lucie County

Martin County




U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Florida Dept. of Health

Florida State Watch Office







Last updated: May 28, 2014
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