The District’s Regional Water Supply Plan assesses the projected water demands and potential sources of water to meet demands over a 20-year period. The Plan is updated every five years, in accordance with Section 373.709, Florida Statutes.
Why We Do It
The 2020 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 2020 through 2040. The RWSP consists of an executive summary, four geographically-based volumes corresponding to the District’s four designated water supply planning regions (Northern, Tampa Bay, Heartland and Southern) and related appendices.
A Framework for the Future
The RWSP provides a framework for future water management decisions in the District and demonstrates how water 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. Updates to the RWSP are completed with significant public comment to ensure all stakeholders are provided opportunity for input.
For the 2020 RWSP, the District conducted a variety of outreach efforts including holding two online public webinars to provide status updates, answer questions and solicit public comment. Public drafts of the 2020 RWSP documents were also provided via this webpage, along with notification of the public webinars and an online comment form to solicit input from the public and all interested stakeholders. The process for updating the RWSP was designed to afford the greatest opportunity for public and stakeholder input to help us shape the final 2020 RWSP presented below.
2020 Regional Water Supply Plan