District Renews and Modifies Haines City Water Use Permit

News Release

The "Southwest Florida Water Management District's(Southwest Florida Water Management District)":/ "Governing Board(Governing Board)":/about/governingboard Tuesday renewed and modified a water use permit for Haines City.

The permit is being issued for a term of 20 years for 5.9 million gallons per day.

The increased quantities are based on population projections, which are predicted to increase from 27,233 to 44,858 people over the next 20 years. The permit term reflects the city's efforts to expand its reclaimed water system as an alternative water supply for irrigation use. Within the next 10 years, the city is expected to utilize 75 percent of its wastewater treatment plant flows for its reclaimed water system, with 75 percent of the system's reclaimed water offsetting the use of existing groundwater supplies.

The permit requires the city to report monthly meter readings from all withdrawal points, submit a 10-year compliance report, modify the permit to reflect incorporation of any new alternative sources of water, comply with the Southern Water Use Caution Area recovery strategy, maintain a water-conserving rate structure, continue to implement its District-approved water conservation plan and adhere to the water quality and environmental monitoring plans.

The Haines City permit will expire on Oct. 25, 2031.