Report: Florida’s water supplies under extreme pressure
State, water management districts and local utilities promote conservation, reclaimed water and new sources in response and preparation of the state’s expanding population.
Given its birth and death rates and constant influx of newcomers, Florida’s population is increasing by more than 900 people daily.
That expanding population requires water — water to drink, cook, bathe, grow food, even operate power plants.
The Florida Office of Economic & Demographic Research says the statewide daily demand for water, 6.4 billion gallons as of 2015, is projected to increase by 17% in the next 20 years to more than 7.5 billion gallons as the population climbs to 25.2 million. That demand could be higher and the availability of that water lessened if climate change increases the frequency of droughts.
Not one of Florida’s five water management districts, which oversee permits for water supplies, “can meet its future demand solely with existing source capacity,” the agency stated in a recent report.