Water Supply Restoration Program for Contaminated Potable Water Wells
The Water Supply Restoration Program (WSRP) provides for expeditious restoration or replacement of potable water systems or private wells where health hazards exist due to contamination caused by man's activities. It was created by the Legislature in the mid-1980's after the discovery of Ethylene Di-Bromide (EDB), a carcinogenic agricultural pesticide, in private drinking water wells. To date, over 2,500 drinking water wells across Florida had been identified as being contaminated with EDB.
Restoration includes a provision for bottled water on a temporary basis, after which a more stable and convenient source of potable water is provided through the use of filters or connection to public water systems. Funding for this program is provided by Water Quality Assurance Trust Fund and the Inland Protection Trust Fund.
To qualify for funding, water sampling results must show that the contaminants in the potable water supply exceed a Maximum Contaminant Level, or Health Advisory Level, or be determined by the Florida Department of Health to be a health hazard. Approximately $4 million is spent annually to restore these sites. Restoration and replacement work has been conducted in 61 counties throughout the State.
Need further assistance or information regarding the program? Please feel free to call Charles Coultas at 850-245-8358, e-mail him at Charles.Coultas@dep.state.fl.us or write him at:
Last updated: January 17, 2013
2600 Blair Stone Road M.S. 3500
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
850-245-8336 (phone) / 850-245-8356 (fax)