Other Agency Reuse Programs
Public Service Commission
The Public Service Commission (PSC) has concentrated its efforts to promote water conservation and reuse of reclaimed water by developing formal lines of communication and coordination with the DEP, and the water management districts. The PSC also establishes conservation oriented rate structures, when appropriate, and allows recovery of conservation program expenses in rates. The PSC has been actively involved in the development of a statewide water conservation plan with the DEP and the water management districts, and has entered into Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the DEP and water management districts addressing water conservation and reuse issues.
Reuse rates, as well as other rates for investor-owned utilities, are regulated by the PSC. While the PSC reviews investment in lines and treatment plant in order to determine the amount of "used and useful" plant (the plant necessary to serve the current customers, plus an allowance for growth) to be recovered in rates, Florida statutes require 100% of reclamation plant costs to be recovered. The statutes also provide for reuse costs to be recovered from a utilitys potable water, wastewater or reclaimed water customers or any combination thereof as the commission deems appropriate. High-quality reclaimed water used to irrigate a golf course conserves higher quality drinking water in the aquifer. Sharing reuse costs between the potable water, wastewater and reclaimed water customers is justified on the basis that all customers, including potable water customers, benefit from the preservation of the aquifer.
Pursuant to the MOU between the PSC and DEP, the PSC will provide feasibility analyses of the financial impacts of reuse projects on both the customers and the wastewater utilities. The MOU also provides that the PSC and DEP, when appropriate, will jointly conduct meetings with customers to inform them of the need for reuse projects and the potential impact the projects will have on service rates.
PSC Reuse Contacts:
The PSC web site address is: www.floridapsc.com
Department of Health
The Department of Health is represented on the States Reuse Coordinating Committee, as well as the Reuse Technical Advisory Committee. The Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (the predecessor agency of DOH) State Virologist played a critical role in the development of the States high-level disinfection requirements for protecting public health. Reclaimed water regulated by Part III of the Florida Administrative Code must meet the high-level disinfection requirements producing an essentially pathogen-free product that meets many of the primary and secondary drinking water standards (even though it is not intended for drinking water purposes).
In order to further protect public health, DEP district offices must provide the appropriate county health departments with a copy of the notice of intent to issue a permit, along with the draft permit, for all new or expanded reuse systems. In addition, the revisions to Chapter 62-610, F.A.C., that were adopted in 1999 require applicants for certain ground water recharge and indirect potable reuse permits to notify county health departments during the planning stages of their project.
DOH Reuse Contacts:
The DOH web site address is: www.doh.state.fl.us
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) has limited involvement in the States reuse program. The Department is represented on the States Reuse Coordinating Committee. By serving on the Committee, DACS brings the reuse issues and concerns of agricultural farmers before the Committee, and is able to keep the farmers, and the Department, up to date on reuse issues.
DACS Reuse Contact:
The DACS web site address is: doacs.state.fl.us
Department of Community Affairs
The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) joined the States Reuse Coordinating Committee in 1999. DCA has coordinated efforts with DEP to make the States building codes consistent with the Florida Statutes and the Florida Administrative Code regarding indoor uses of reclaimed water.
DCA Reuse Contact:
The DCA web site address is: www.dca.state.fl.us
Last updated: September 21, 2011
2600 Blair Stone Road M.S. 3500
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
850-245-8336 (phone) / 850-245-8356 (fax)