The Florida APRICOT Act of 1994
The Florida APRICOT Act of 1994 was enacted as a result of Project
APRICOT, which stands for A Prototype Realistic Innovative Community of
Today. Project APRICOT, developed in the late 1980's, made it possible
for the City of Altamonte Springs to fund and integrate reuse into its
water resource management landscape.
Two provisions of this act were significant to Florida’s Water Reuse
- Section 2 of the Act (found in Section 403.086(7), F.S.)
allowed for permitting of backup discharges for reuse systems when
the utility provides advanced wastewater treatment and high-level
- Advanced wastewater treatment is defined in 403.086, F.S., as
having annual average limits for CBOD5, total suspended solids (TSS),
total nitrogen (as N), and total phosphorus of 5,5,3, and 1 mg/L,
- Florida's high-level disinfection criteria are contained in
Rule 62-600.440(5), F.A.C. It
is interesting to note that in certain cases (i.e., back-up
discharges to public access reuse systems), the intermediate
disinfection criteria in Rule 62-600.440(6), F.A.C., are allowed
to serve as the high-level disinfection criteria.
- These discharges are limited to 30 percent of the permitted
reuse capacity on an annual basis.
- Also authorizes the Department to require backflow prevention
devices on potable water lines within reclaimed water service
areas. The Department is directed to determine under what
conditions back-flow prevention devices are necessary or not
- Section 3 of the Act (found in Section 403.859(7), F.S.)
allowed high-quality reclaimed water to be injected into certain
potable ground waters.
- These are potable ground waters, as defined in
Chapter 62-520.410, F.A.C., which contain 500 mg/L or less
total dissolved solids, provided that the injection is done in
accordance with Department rules.
- Moderated the previous prohibition on injection of reclaimed
water into any formation of the Floridan or Biscayne aquifers. The
previous prohibition was enacted in the mid-1980s in response to
opposition to Orlando’s proposed CONSERV I project. That proposal
involved injection of high-quality reclaimed water into the upper
layer of the Floridan Aquifer.
- The 1999 revisions to
Chapter 62-610, F.A.C.,
expanded, strengthened, and refined the requirements for injection
of high quality reclaimed water into potable ground waters. These
revisions fully implanted this provision of the Florida Apricot