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Water Management: Northwest Florida has Enough Water

The Northwest Florida Water Management District has analyzed water supply for the next 20-year period, as planned, and found that Northwest Florida has sufficient supply to meet all anticipated demands.  No new Regional Water Supply Plans are needed because existing and anticipated sources will meet the 150 million gallons a day (mgd) estimated increase while sustaining water resources and associated natural systems.  Of the District’s seven planning regions, Regional Water Supply Plans and alternative water supply source development will continue in three coastal regions.  Traditional sources remain sufficient for the other four regions.
“Long-term planning since 1998 has helped the District develop water resources and alternative water supply sources and address concerns about saltwater intrusion in coastal wells,” said District Executive Director Douglas E. Barr.  “The District has worked with local communities to ensure that public supplies are sufficient and safe within all regions. Water supply plans were developed in regions II (Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties), III (Bay County) and V (Gulf and Franklin counties) to identify appropriate alternative sources to augment traditional sources.” 

“Regional Water Supply Planning is conducted where the Governing Board determines sources of water are not adequate to supply water for all existing and future reasonable beneficial uses and to sustain water resources for natural systems,” said Ron Bartel, Director of the Division of Resource Management.
Total water use in Northwest Florida is projected to increase by 43 percent to about 496 mgd by 2030.  Most of the estimated 150 mgd increase is attributed to a 40 percent projected growth in District population to nearly 1.9 million people by 2030.  Public supply is the largest use category, with demands projected to increase by 95 mgd, or 58 percent (from 164 mgd in 2005 to 258 mgd in 2030).  Water used for commercial, industrial, and institutional purposes is projected to increase by 25 mgd and water use for power generation is anticipated to increase by 11 mgd.  Agriculture, recreation and domestic self-supply are each projected to increase less than 10 mgd.

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