Last Updated on April 25, 2022 by Yilin

Florida is known as the Sunshine State. Take central Florida where Mid-Florida Research and Education Center is for example, on average, there are 233 sunny days per year in Orlando. In addition to the sunshine, I would also like to call Florida the Water State.

  • Florida is three-side surrounded by water.
  • More than a dozen of major rivers and streams with a total of 10,000 miles.
  • Around 8000 natural lakes and pond.

Water is Florida’s lifeblood. No matter where you live in Florida, water connects us together. As Florida’s population continues to grow, the demand for fresh, clean water also increases, Most areas in Florida, however, do not have enough water. Take central Florida for example again, the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) 2020 Regional Water Supply Plan indicates that “traditional resources alone cannot meet future water demands or currently permitted allocations without resulting in unacceptable impacts to water sources and related natural resources.”

In less than five years, we could exceed our fresh groundwater availability. To help meet the needs of the projected 2040 groundwater demand, the 2020 CFWI Regional Water Supply Plan has identified alternative water supply project options in the amount of 514 million gallons per day (MGD) and conservation potential in the amount of 50 MGD. Reclaimed water is considered as a vital alternative water supply source.

What is Reclaimed Water?

Reclaimed water is “former domestic wastewater that has been disinfected and treated to remove solids and certain impurities” (Toor and Lusk, 2018). When you spot a purple pipe, reclaimed water is flowing through it.

How to Properly Irrigate with Reclaimed Water?

Some of you may wonder what is exactly in reclaimed water? What is the difference between reclaimed water and drinking water? What should I know when I irrigate with reclaimed water? If you also have these questions, don’t miss the next Water Wednesday Webinar – Irrigating with Reclaimed Water.

Water Wednesday Webinar – Irrigating with Reclaimed Water

When: Wednesday, May 4, 2 PM ET

Where: Zoom

How: Register at https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5zT9vNdRTbWP8imi3LUKIg

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Yilin Zhuang at yilinz@ufl.edu.


Posted: April 25, 2022

Category: Events, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: #WaterWednesday, Alternative Water, Irrigation, Reclaimed Water, Reuse Water, Water Conservation, Water Protection, Water Supply, Water Wednesday

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