Water Supply Development and Funding Work Group
Assumptions and Basic Principles
(As revised and agreed to on November 8, 1996)
Assumptions: Group's perception of current conditions and trends.
1. Increased demand for water is inevitable given Florida's projected growth rates.
2. We must ensure an adequate, affordable and sustainable water supply for domestic,
industrial, and agricultural uses, and the environment.
3. We must protect Florida's environment, public health, economy, and quality of life.
4. Unless mutually acceptable solutions are found, one or all sides of the issue may lose.
Presently all sides are in jeopardy. We either continue this high-risk game or work
together to resolve the issue.
5. Adequate water supply development and funding is the solution to both aspects of the
issue, ensuring that water is available for growth, and that increased water use as a
result of growth will not degrade the environment.
Basic Principles: Guiding principles to be used in evaluating group
1. Recommendations will address meeting the present and future water supply needs of
Florida without adversely affecting its quality of life, while recognizing the necessity to
address these issues on a regional basis throughout the State.
2. The basic principles of Florida water law will be maintained.
3. Recommendations will support the development of adequate, safe, and dependable
water supplies in a manner which sustains water resources and the environment.
4. Recommended funding options will consider full costs and benefits.
5. Recommendations will recognize the relationship between water supply and land use