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The Southwest Florida Water Management District updates its Regional Water Supply Plan in accordance with Section 373.709, Florida Statutes.

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Why We Do It

The 2010 Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP) is an assessment of projected water demands and potential sources of water to meet these demands in the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) for the period from 2010 through 2030. The RWSP consists of an executive summary and four geographically based volumes that correspond to the District’s four designated water supply planning regions (Northern, Tampa Bay, Heartland and Southern).

A Framework for the Future

The RWSP provides a framework for future water management decisions in the District and shows that water supply demands for all use sectors, including restoration of natural systems for all planning regions, will increase nearly 431 million gallons per day (mgd) by 2030. The RWSP demonstrates how these demands can be met through a combination of alternative water sources, fresh groundwater and water conservation measures.

The District’s first RWSP was published in 2001 and is updated every five years. The District updates the RWSP with significant public comment to ensure all stakeholders opportunity for input.

For the 2010 RWSP, the District held a series of public meetings and workshops, and presented status updates to a wide variety of user groups. The District also developed this webpage to provide public drafts of the executive summary and each Planning Region volume, advertise all public meetings, and solicit comments from all interested parties including the public. Through this process, we received substantial comments from a variety of stakeholders, many of which helped shape the final draft of the RWSP.

The RWSP addresses the water supply demands for the entire District where existing sources of water are not adequate to supply water for future reasonable and beneficial uses, as well as to sustain water resources and the related natural systems.

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