Florida Chamber-Backed Reclaimed Water Bill En-Route to Governor’s Desk

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds the Florida Legislature for today passing legislation that will help expand the use of alternative water supplies.

“The Florida Chamber has long supported scientifically backed measures that increase access to clean water and address the issue of a growing population’s water needs,” said Leticia Adams, Director of Infrastructure and Governance Policy. “This is another example of smart, sustainable planning for Florida’s future.”

Currently, Floridians consume seven billion gallons of water a day. That is projected to increase to nine billion gallons per day by 2030, which includes 725 million gallons of reused water every day. The bill, SB 536 by Senator Wilton Simpson (R- Trilby), directs the Florida Department Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, in cooperation with Florida’s five water management districts, to conduct a study and submit a report on expanding the use of reclaimed water in Florida, including storm-water and excess surface water.

Providing smart solutions that will address long-term water needs are steps in the right direction to ensure adequate resources. The Florida Chamber supports the expanded use of alternative water supplies such as reclaimed water and associated projects that encourage alternative water storage. Expanding the use of alternative water supplies like reclaimed water can go a long way toward helping to conserve the state’s potable surface water and groundwater resources.

“It’s a precious natural resource we need to be focused on here in Tallahassee,” House Speaker Designate Steve Crisafulli said in an interview on The Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line. “Not only myself, but the Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has been very focused on it, and Andy Gardiner, the President-elect, is focused on it. Together we will be able work on a comprehensive approach.

In a video presentation during the Capitol Days water panel, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam urged Florida lawmakers to invest in projects that solve long-term water issues.

“Our water policy has to be long-term,” Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam told the Florida Chamber during their annual Capitol Days events. “This is not something that one session is going to fix.”

The Florida Chamber thanks Sen. Simpson and House bill sponsor Representative Lake Ray (R-Jacksonville) for their support.

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