District Recognizes Water Reuse Week

Reclaimed purple pipes

The District is observing Water Reuse Week as it’s essential to ensuring safe, clean and sustainable water resources.

Gov. Rick Scott proclaimed Florida Water Reuse Week May 19-25 to highlight the importance of it to the sustainability of Florida’s water supply and ecosystem. The state began celebrating the week in 2007 after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Reuse Program as a national leader.

Here are some facts about water reuse within the District by the numbers:

323 reclaimed water projects have been funded since 1987 and 270 completed. 

98 gallons per person is the average daily water use in the Tampa Bay area. That is the lowest per capita usage in the state. The statewide average is 133 gallons per person, per day.

10 percent of all water use within the District is reclaimed water, which offsets 160 million gallons per day of groundwater.

913 miles is the length of all the reclaimed water pipes the District has funded. That’s long enough to reach from Tampa to Washington D.C.

For more information about the District’s efforts, visit the reclaimed water site.