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Progress Report: Wastewater Reuse Reduces Discharges and Provides Alternative Water Supplies, Report No. 00-04, August 2000
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  • Reuse of wastewater has significantly reduced the discharge of effluent into the environment, and its implementation will continue to grow at a steady rate.  Reclaimed water is also an important alternative water source, helping water users reduce withdrawals of traditional water supplies by about 4%.
  • Reuse could be further expanded, but the implications of such policies need to be considered.  Reuse is not widely used in southeastern Florida and could serve as an effective, but costly, alternative to ocean outfalls and underground injection disposal of wastewater.  Water management districts could use their regulatory authority to require users to assume the additional cost of using reclaimed water when feasible.
  • Issues relating to the allocation and pricing of reclaimed water are likely to increase in future years and may ultimately require reconsideration of regulatory policies.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 96-61 Review of the Reuse of Reclaimed Water, published in March 1997.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Water Resource Management
Waste Management

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 99-06 Progress Report: Florida Water Policy. Discouraging Competing Applications for Water Permits; Encouraging Cost-Effective Water Development, published in August 1999.
  • Report No. 97-58 Follow-up Report on the Surface Water Improvement and Management Program, published in March 1998.
  • Report No. 97-03 Follow-up Report on the Performance Audit of the Ground Water Quality Monitoring Program Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection, published in July 1997.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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