Reuse feasibility studies are conducted in order to evaluate the capability of a domestic wastewater treatment plant to implement water reuse. Rule 62-610.820, F.A.C., lists several rules, statutes, and laws that require preparation of reuse feasibility studies. The rule also gives the conditions for when reuse feasibility studies are not required. The DEP, with assistance from the water management districts and the PSC, published a guidance document entitled Guidelines for Preparation of Reuse Feasibility Studies for Applicants Having Responsibility for Wastewater Management in November 1991. These guidelines are used by applicants for domestic wastewater permits. These guidelines also can be used by applicants for consumptive use permits (CUPs) when the applicant also has responsibility for wastewater management.
Consumptive use permit applicants, that are also responsible for wastewater management, are required to submit reuse feasibility studies to the appropriate water management district for review. Domestic wastewater treatment permits issued to CUP holders must be consistent with the reuse requirements contained in the CUP; the reuse requirements contained in the CUP must be consistent with DEP rules; and the permitted facility must be located in, serve a population in, or discharge within a water resource caution area.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) has entered into memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with the five water management districtsand the DEP. Under the MOUs, the PSC will assist the water management districts and the DEP in review of reuse feasibility studies submitted by utilities subject to PSC regulation.
Last updated: September 21, 2011
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