Title: FHBA Governmental Affairs Dept. Public Water Supply Policies
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Title: FHBA Governmental Affairs Dept. Public Water Supply Policies
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - FHBA Governmental Affairs Dept. Public Water Supply Policies (JDV Box 70)
General Note: Box 24, Folder 1 ( Governmental Rules, Regulations, Legislation and Administrative Laws - 1996 ), Item 4
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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FOR THE 1996 LEGISLATIVE SESSION (Approved 2/26/96)


With its abundant rainfall Florida has more than an adequate supply of water to meet the demands
of man and the natural systems, While different areas of the state from time to time experience water
supply shortages, the provision of water is a matter of cost. The Florida Legislature should create
a public water supply program designed to assure there is an adequate, affordable and consistent
supply of water for all present and future users in all parts of Florida. This public water supply
program, together with any private water suppliers, should implement and provide necessary water
to accommodate growth projected in local comprehensive plans.


1. There should be a locally/regionally based long range plan for future public water supplies.
This planning process should avoid any unnecessary cumbersome bureaucratic review process,
minimize state involvement and oversight, rely on a system of citizen and interested/affected person-
entity involvement and enforcement and enhance predictability in the issuance of permits.

2. While recognizing the viability of propriety of private water supply providers and other water
users, statutory changes should be made to provide that local governments or, where created by local
governments, regional water supply authorities (RWSAs) have primary responsibility for planning
public water supply alternatives or options and facilitating water supply development. Incentives
should be provided to encourage local governments to create RWSAs to plan and develop regional
water supplies. All local or regional water supply plans should have common review dates established
by the appropriate water management district (WMD). A process for mediating and resolving
conflicts between plans shall be established and the appropriate WMD shall be a necessary party.

3. There should be a recurring dedicated source of revenues for use by local governments and
RWSAs for planning and developing long term public water supplies. For example, FHBA supports
dedicating a portion of the water management district (WMD) village for water supply capital
facilities expenditures.

4. The long term public water supply plans should be developed separate from the local
government comprehensive plan process. In the meantime, the legislature should amend chapter 163,
F.S., so that local governments will not be required to base a potable water concurrency decision on
water supply availability. After completion and approval of WMD district water management plans
and local water supply plans, the legislature should determine whether and how these plans should
be integrated with the local government planning process.

5. WMDs' primary responsibility should be to remain a regulatory body to protect and equitably
allocate our water resources. WMDs should provide water resources information and data to local
governments and RWSAs for use in water supply planning.

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6. Chapter 373, F.S., should be amended to require that each WMD prepare a District Water
Management Plan (DWMP) containing water supply resource information and data. Chapter 373
should clearly set forth the requirements of the DWMP, including requiring the adoption of those
parts of the DWMP that impact third parties to be adopted as a rule.

7. In permitting consumptive water use pursuant to chapter 373, F.S., the chapter should be
amended to consider and balance, as part of the public interest criteria, the proximity of the proposed
source of water to the area in which it is to be used and other economically and technically feasible
alternatives to the proposed source, including conservation, desalinization, reuse, storm water and
aquifer storage and recovery. The policy of local sources first should be encouraged and not

8. There should be economic and regulatory incentives to promote economically and technically
feasible alternatives such as conservation, water reuse, desalinization and the use of surface water

9. Where appropriate, public lands, such as parks, forests and recreational areas, should be made
available for multiple uses including water supply,

10. The term of water use permits should be as long as possible, but consistent with the amount
of water available to use and the current demands.

11. FHBA supports the present authority in chapter 373, F.S., to reallocate water in Florida based
on the reasonable-beneficial use standard and opposes any policies, proposals or concepts which will
weaken the standard.

12. Accountability of WMDs should be strengthened through enhanced oversight by both the
executive and legislative branch. In particular, the Legislature should review and approve state water

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