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
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
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.
assistance or information regarding the program? Please feel free
to call Charles Coultas at 850-245-8369, e-mail him
or write him at:
Water Supply Restoration
Certification and Restoration Program
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3515
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400