November 9, 1987
Problem: Administration of the drinking water program is
fragmented between DER and HRS.
WMDs have the authority to require permits for the
construction, modification and abandonment of wells. DER
classifies the quality of ground water and provides
criteria for each zone of discharge. Monitoring
requirements vary with the classification and type of
discharging facility. Any well to be used for public
purposes must also comply with the DER rule which
implements the Florida Safe Drinking Water Act. DER is
also responsible for community water systems while HRS is
responsible for non-community systems. DACS is responsible
for monitoring pesticides residues in the water in areas
where targeted pesticides are in volume use.
Public water systems draw from ground water and are
permitted by DER if they have at least 15 service
connections or regularly serve at least 25 persons daily at
least 60 days a year. DER certifies operators for public
water systems. DER has delegated to some counties the
permitting of non-community public water systems.
HRS regulates smaller systems with administration by county
or local health departments.
s. 381.261, F.S.
ss. 403.850-.864, F.S.
s. 403.861, F.S.
s. 403.862-.864, F.S.
s. 403..062, .063, F.S.
s. 373.217, F.S.
s. 373.016, F.S.
s. 373.036, F.S.
Supervision; private and certain
public water systems and
individual sewage and disposal
Florida Safe Drinking Water Act
Department; powers and duties.
HRS; Public Water Supply Duties
Florida Air and Water Pollution
Superseded laws and regulations
Declaration of Policy-
State Water Use Plan
November 9, 1987
s. 373.043, F.S.
s. 373.044, F.S.
s. 373.0395, F.S.
s. 373.106, F.S.
Adoption and enforcement of
Rules and regulations enforcement.
Groundwater basin resource
Permit-required for construction
involving underground formation.
Declaration of water shortage.
Consumptive use permits required.
Water well permits.
Provide exclusive statutory authority for the construction
of drinking water wells in the WMDs and authority for the
water, after it leaves the well, to HRS. The HRS
Secretary shall have authority to adopt the drinking water
rules provided this does not jeapordize federal funding.
The drinking water program may be delegated to local
pollution control programs as well as county public health