Recommendation for Recycling Water in Florida

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Recommendation For Recycling Water in Florida

Prepared for: Tom Petty, Chairman Of The Board Department Of Environmental Regulation Board

by: Environmental Specialist, Pasco County Florida

November 29, 1996

Contents

Abstract................................................2 Executive Summary.......................................3
Introduction............................................4
Methods.................................................4
Results.................................................5 Basic background information on water reuse in Florid...5
Reclaiming Waste Water in Florida Uses for reclaimed or reused water......................7

Conclusions.............................................7
Recommendations.........................................7
References..............................................7

Abstract

"Recommendation for Recycling Water in a Florida Pilot Plant"

The water shortage problem has affected all of us in one way or another. Either through the mandatory restrictions or the increased price of water, or even the ever increasing occurrence of sinkholes, the evidence of a water shortage is everywhere. Since we need water to survive, and there are no alternatives to support life on this planet, we must find a way to keep up with our ever increasing water demand.

This report presents the water shortage problem that is occurring in Florida. This report will familiarize you with the problem and explain the other uses currently being employed in Florida. This report also explains the procedure, as well as a recommendation including the site and costs involved, along with a short background on the proposed procedure. I recommend that the recycled project be funded and allow the pilot plant to meet the ever increasing demand for water in Florida.

Executive Summary

The water shortage problem effects us all in one way or another. Either through the mandatory restrictions or the increased price of water, or even the ever increasing occurrence of sinkholes, the evidence of a water shortage is everywhere. Since we need water to survive, and there are no alternatives to support life on this planet, we must find a way to keep up with our expanding water demand.

I feel that the only viable option is to recycle the water we are using. By recycling the water, we will be able to drop the price and stop the sinkholes from occurring and ease the mandatory restrictions placed upon us by the water shortage.

The research that was completed and all the information I gathered showed that a price of $50,000 would cover all the expenses needed to set up a pilot plant, including the labor which will be done in-house.

The $50,000 required will be recovered in less then a year's time, and since it will also satisfy the voracious appetite for water, I feel it is a viable option. The plant could be operational in 3 months upon approval of the funds. I feel this option is both economically and environmentally feasible and would like to get started as soon as possible.

Introduction

Water, our most precious resource, is becoming in short demand. With water use increasing every day here in Florida, will there be enough water for everybody? We live in a state where people are migrating into every day, due to the desirable climate and recreation options. With this influx increasing at an alarming rate, where will we get the water to supply the demand? Clearly, at the present rate of use the water table is decreasing. As we see more and more sinkholes, due to the overpumping of the water table, we realize another alternative must be developed. This completion report will update you on the progress of the option of recycling the water in our Pasco County test plant, at the Moon Lake plant. We use water every day and in many ways. We use water to take a shower, brush our teeth, water our lawns, wash our laundry and cars or just simply...
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