Potable Reuse Commission

Potable Reuse Commission

As an emerging alternative water supply option, potable reuse can help to safely meet Florida’s future water needs by providing resiliency during natural drought cycles for decades to come. The question is, what is the best way to implement potable reuse in Florida? That question will be answered by the newly created Potable Reuse Commission (PRC), a diverse group of water resource, industry, agricultural and health professionals.

The purpose of the potable reuse commission (PRC) is to create a consensus driven partnership to develop the framework for the implementation of potable reuse in Florida.

PRC Mission

The mission of the PRC is to develop a framework for potable reuse implementation in Florida that will augment future water supply and support water quality initiatives. The Commission will advise elected officials and regulatory agencies on statutory and regulatory challenges, and present consensus based solutions.

PRC Goals

There are four primary outcomes of the potable reuse framework:

  1. Facilitate the expansion of potable reuse to supplement withdrawals from the natural system while protecting the investment of public dollars,
  2. Develop recommendations for legislation, rule development, and incentives for potable reuse,
  3. Identify benefits of potable reuse to environmental restoration and economic development,
  4. Establish potable reuse fact sheet for statewide consistency in public education.

PRC Approach

The PRC will produce documents that succinctly summarize recommendations, resolve issues, and serve as briefing materials for elected officials and regulatory agencies. These will serve as the foundation for a final report, which will include recommendations for the implementation of potable reuse in Florida in time for the 2019 legislative session.

PRC Members

The PRC will be comprised of eleven members with the President Elect of the Florida WateReuse Association serving as the Chair of the commission. This initiative is a collaborative partnership with the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA) and Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA). These organizations will fill three vice chair seats to reflect their leadership roles, providing representation from all three associations. The remaining seven seats characterize the stakeholders directly or indirectly affected by the implementation of potable reuse in Florida. To leverage the agencies expertise and experience in potable reuse in the development of a framework, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the five Water Management Districts will serve as ex-officio and act as advisors to the commission. The Commission breaks down as follows:

  1. Water Reuse Florida (2)
  2. Utilities (4) Seats Nominated by:
    a) Florida Water Environment Association
    b) American Water Works Association
  3. Agriculture
  4. Department of Health
  5. Environmental Group
  6. Public Health/Medical State University Representative
  7. Associated Industries of Florida

(A list of panel members will be added soon)

As the need for additional information arises, the Chair will direct a commission member to lead the topic discussions within a working group. The working group is an open forum to assimilate technical information and address any questions/issues put specifically to the working group from the PRC.

 PRC Guiding Principles

  1. Consensus based effort by water professionals and a diverse stakeholder group to identify and address technical, regulatory, and implementation barriers to potable reuse in Florida.
  2. For the 2019 legislative session, the PRC will provide the underlying statutory framework for the implementation of potable reuse.
  3. The PRC will provide leadership in developing the regulatory framework for implementation of potable reuse as an alternative water supply option (right water, right time, and right place).

Meeting Dates

Meetings of the PRC will be publicly noticed in the Florida Administrative Register (FAR) to provide opportunity for stakeholder participation. Agendas, meeting summaries and other supporting information will be posted on this website prior to the meeting. Periodic emails on the PRC initiative will be provided. Please join our distribution list at the link provided below.

Meeting #1
February 16, 2018 at 9:30 am
Toho Water Authority
951 Martin Luther King Blvd, Kissimmee

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