Would the state of Florida lie to you? You bet! The State claims reclaimed water for reuse is treated domestic
wastewater. 503.9(g) Domestic sewage is waste and wastewater from humans or household operations that is
discharged to or otherwise enters a treatment works. The State is claiming that there is no industrial or
hospital pollutants in its reclaimed municipal wastewater -- which treats domestic, industrial and hospital
"If water is life...water conservation and reuse must be our way of life."
New!! Proposed Revisions to Reuse Rules: Workshop 3/15/07
New!! Revisions to Reuse Rules Effective 3/9/06
New!! New Wekiva Rule - Effective 4/13/06
In response to the state objectives in Section 373.250 and Section 403.064, Florida Statutes (F.S.), of "encouraging
and promoting reuse," the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has developed a comprehensive
reuse program. The Department has created extensive rules dealing with water reuse which are contained in Chapter
62-610, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)
Water reuse involves taking domestic wastewater, giving it a high degree of treatment, and using the resulting high-
quality reclaimed water for a new, beneficial purpose. Extensive treatment and disinfection ensure that public health and
environmental quality are protected.
The Antidegradation Policy for Reuse Projects
The Antidegradation Policy is contained in Chapter 62-4, F.A.C., "Permits," and
Chapter 62-302, F.A.C., "Surface Water Quality Standards." The
Antidegradation Policy prohibits new or expanded surface water discharges
from domestic wastewater treatment facilities unless the facility can
demonstrate that the new or expanded surface water discharge is "clearly in
the public interest". Determining whether or not a discharge is in the public
interest is important because the discharge may degrade the receiving water
body’s quality to the point that it affects the public health, safety, or welfare.
The language, "in the public interest," also allows permitting of reuse projects
that augment Class I waters or require backup discharges. No other surface
water discharges, besides these, are allowed unless the applicant has proven
water reuse to be non-feasible. The applicant determines the feasibility of reuse
of reclaimed water by evaluating whether or not a reuse project is economically
or technologically reasonable. Reuse is preferred over surface water
discharges. This has proven to be an effective means to encourage reuse of
reclaimed water, while discouraging discharge and disposal of effluent.