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Moving to the Next Level of Water Use Efficiency in Florida Janet G. Llewellyn, Director Division of Water Resource Management Florida Department of Environmental.

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1 Moving to the Next Level of Water Use Efficiency in Florida Janet G. Llewellyn, Director Division of Water Resource Management Florida Department of Environmental Protection

2 Statewide Fresh Water Demand

3 South Florida Water Demand

4 Water Conservation is Key in the Florida Water Resources Act Consumptive Use Permitting “Three Prong Test”  Must be “reasonable – beneficial”  Must not interfere with existing legal users  Must be consistent with public interest

5 Definition of “Reasonable-Beneficial” Use of Water The use of water in such quantity as is necessary for economic and efficient utilization for a purpose and in a manner which is both reasonable and in the public interest

6 Water Resource Implementation Rule (62-40, F.A.C.) Goal – Prevent and reduce wasteful, impractical, uneconomical, or unreasonable water use Conservation of water required unless infeasible WMDs must require efficient use of water Goal-based water conservation plans allowed

7 Water Conservation Is Required in Water Use Permits All individual permit applicants for landscape and golf course irrigation projects, commercial or industrial water use, and public water supply utilities applying for an individual permit shall develop a conservation program to be submitted at the time of permit application The encouragement and promotion of water conservation and use of reclaimed water are state objectives and considered to be in the public interest (SFWMD Rule)

8 Not Just Regulation… WMD funding for water conservation programs Mobile irrigation labs Education and outreach

9 South Florida Is Not the Only Region that Needs to Conserve

10 Northern Tampa Bay Decades of “water wars” Damage to wetlands and lakes from municipal wellfields Tampa Bay Partnership Plan Phased reduction of pumping, phased addition of new water sources

11 Southern Water Use Caution Area Over-pumping in early 1990s worsened saltwater intrusion Permitted quantities nearly double that of actual use SWUCA rules adopted Strong conservation program implemented

12 Central Florida Coordination Area Public water supply demand increasing Post-2013 demands must be met by alternative sources Regional water supply plan identifies option of developing surface water sources Cooperation among public and private utilities is critical to achieve best solution and develop regional sources

13 No net increases in withdrawals from regional system Must develop alternative supplies, conservation, withdrawal offsets Everglades – Regional Water Availability Rule

14 Developing Alternative Water Supplies Will Help

15 Statewide AWS Project Types Funded

16 Water Conservation Is Also Critical Cheaper than new sources Delays need for new infrastructure Protects water resources

17 Where We’ve Been – Starting with the 2000 Drought…

18 Water Conservation Initiative Prompted by 2000 drought 51 recommendations for improvement in eight categories

19 WCI Recommendations Agricultural Irrigation Water Pricing Reuse of Reclaimed Water Landscape Irrigation Indoor Water Use Industrial-Commercial- Institutional Use Research Education & Outreach

20 Conserve Florida Improve the measurement and evaluation of water conservation programs and practices Ensure regulatory frameworks adequately support flexibility in the design of the programs Emphasize outcomes Enhance assistance and information sharing for continued improvement through assessment and adjustment

21 Conserve Florida Partners DEP SFWMD SJRWMD SWFWMD NWFWMD SRWMD Public Service Commission Utility Council, American Water Works Association, Florida Section Utility Council of the Florida Water Environment Association Florida Rural Water Association University of Florida

22 Clearinghouse - Six Core Services Host and refine the water conservation Guide software application Establish a water conservation library Establish an integrated database infrastructure Provide technical assistance Develop a research agenda/program Provide outreach to users

23 What is the Guide? A web-accessible tool for developing efficient, cost-effective, utility-specific water conservation plans. Developed cooperatively by the FDEP, Water Management Districts, and utilities. Housed within the Conserve Florida Clearinghouse at the University of Florida.

24 Water Use Profile & Conservation Goals Implement Program Collect Data Adjust Program Water Use Efficiency PLAN DO CHECK ADJUST Conserve Florida Process Utility Level

25 Conserve Florida Planning Cycle Clearinghouse Level Revise Guide Develop Conservation Plans Using Guide Implement Goal-Based Water Conservation Plans Report Results to WMDs and Clearinghouse Evaluate Results Using Standardized Performance Measures Adjust Water Conservation Plan for Better Results

26 Ideas for the Current Drought

27 Being “Drought Smart” Efficient use during times of normal rainfall allows recharge of surficial and ground water resources During times of water shortage, effective conservation allows more users to share limited resources The report identifies specific recommendations

28 Irrigation Recommendations Legislative goal – improve water use efficiency by ensuring landscape irrigation systems meet or exceed minimum design criteria Established standards for local governments when adopting landscape ordinances State, WMD, local government, and industry partners

29 The Timing Is Good for the Next Level Second severe drought in a decade Public becoming aware of high cost of alternative water supplies More awareness of the need for improved water use efficiency More landscape alternatives available Management is cheaper than infrastructure

30 We Know How to Be More Efficient in Water Use A comprehensive approach is needed Take full advantage of the work that has been done since the Water Conservation Initiative in 2002 Apply lessons learned from droughts Make inefficiency undesirable to users

31 Examples of Moving to the Next Level Develop a goal-based plan using the ConserveFloridaWater Guide Set a goal based on reducing metered water use by some percentage Set a goal based on known water supply limitations (RWA) Set a goal based on reducing per capita water use

32 Miami-Dade Volunteered to use the Conserve Florida Guide Developed a conservation plan using the Guide Recently received a 20-year permit that included the conservation plan developed with the Guide

33 Miami-Dade


35 Other Guide Users SJRWMD  Marion County  Orange City SWFWMD  The Villages  Charlotte County  City of Venice

36 What is Success? Is it ordinances adopted? Is it BMPs implemented? Is it programs developed? Is it projects implemented? Is it regulation? Is it social marketing? Is it education? Is it voluntary incentives?

37 Water Saved is the Real Measure of Success You must know how much water is used You must know who is using it You must know what it is used for You must know when it is being used Measurement is the Key!

38 Recommendations: Moving to the Next Level of Water Conservation in Florida Use what we already know Set high goals Measure water saved

39 Thanks

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