Reclaimed water is highly treated wastewater and can be used for irrigation and other uses to extend our water supplies.
Up to 50 percent of a community’s drinking water is used for irrigation. Much of this irrigation water could be replaced with reclaimed water.
Reclaimed water is a clear and odorless high-quality water source for irrigating industrial and natural systems needs.
Reuse facilities are constantly monitored to ensure that only high-quality reclaimed water is distributed. This water is clear and essentially pathogen-free.
Our Cooperative Funding Initiative program has contributed to more than 360 reuse projects to help communities develop reclaimed water systems. Our Regional Water Supply Plan describes a Districtwide reclaimed water long-term goal of 75 percent utilization of all wastewater treatment plant flows and 75 percent efficiency of all reclaimed water used. It is recognized that future and system-specific potential opportunities may exist for utilization and efficiency to approach 100 percent through a variety of methods including, but not limited to, customer-base selection, project type selection and implementation of new technologies. Utilities within the District currently use more than 151 million gallons per day (mgd) (44 percent utilization) of reclaimed water for 104 mgd (68 percent efficiency) in benefits to traditional potable-quality water demands. Reuse by 2035 is anticipated to continue to grow to more than 288 mgd and result in more than 201 mgd in benefits.
The District has been recognized as a leader in the promotion and development of reclaimed water.
To accommodate a planned expansion at the Polk Power Station, Tampa Electric needed more water. The innovative solution? A reclaimed water-treatment project that has dramatic environmental benefits.
Six brief videos provide background on reclaimed water use in Florida. Click Playlist or the playlist icon ( ) to reveal more video titles — or just let the videos play in sequence.
It’s nothing new. We’ve been doing it for centuries. What’s new is that today’s technology makes it cleaner and safer. Water reuse is the key to a sustainable future!