Florida's Reuse Activities
Reuse has become an integral part of wastewater management, water resource
management, and ecosystem management in Florida.
During the past 20 years, Florida has risen to be recognized as a national
leader (along with California) in water reuse. Approximately 719 million
gallons per day (mgd) of reclaimed water was reused for beneficial
purposes in 2013. This represents an average per capita reuse of 37
gallons per day per person. Reusing 719 mgd of reclaimed water is
estimated to have avoided the use of over 139 billion gallons of potable
quality water while serving to add more than 85 billion gallons back to
available ground water supplies.
The total reuse capacity of Florida’s domestic wastewater treatment
facilities has gone from 362 mgd in 1986 to 1,691 mgd in 2013 which
amounts to an increase of 367 percent! The current reuse capacity
represents about 66 percent of the total permitted domestic wastewater
treatment capacity in Florida.
Reclaimed water from public access reuse systems was used to
irrigate 343,782 residences, 536 golf courses, 948 parks, and
358 schools. Irrigation of these areas accessible to the public
represented about 54 percent of the 719 mgd of reclaimed water