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Use it Again, Florida! logo "If water is life... water conservation and reuse must be our way of life."

In response to the state objectives in Section 373.250 and Section 403.064, Florida Statutes (F.S.), of "encouraging and promoting reuse," the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has developed a comprehensive reuse program. The Department has created extensive rules dealing with water reuse which are contained in Chapter 62-610, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).

Water reuse involves taking domestic wastewater, giving it a high degree of treatment, and using the resulting high-quality reclaimed water for a new, beneficial purpose. Extensive treatment and disinfection ensure that public health and environmental quality are protected.

"Reuse is key to the State’s water future. Currently, Florida is leading the nation -- reusing 660 million gallons of reclaimed water each day to conserve freshwater supplies and replenish our rivers, streams, lakes and the aquifers," said former Secretary Michael W. Sole. "In 2006, Florida's Water Reuse Program was the first recipient of the EPA Water Efficiency Leader Award. Even as a national leader, Florida is only reaching a fraction of potential reuse opportunities. As our state continues to grow, DEP will strive to promote efficient water management to help conserve the State’s natural resources."

For additional information about water reuse, please see the links to the right.

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Last updated: June 15, 2017

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