The Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association (FWPCOA) is assisting the WateReuse Association to collect data from water and wastewater operators and other members about advancing the concept of Direct and Indirect Potable Reuse Treatment licensing. WateReuse has created the Florida Potable Reuse Commission (PRC) to assist in promulgation of a joint position for Florida.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is working on a Discussion Framework for a Draft Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP). One recommendation is the introduction of an Advanced Water Treatment License. Note, there are currently over 8000 treatment plant operators in the State of Florida, with about 1750 being dual licensed.
Reclaimed water, also known as wastewater reuse, is the use of treated wastewater that can be reused for other purposes. The methods of reuse currently include irrigation of gardens and agricultural fields or replenishing surface water and groundwater (i.e., water recharge).
Potable water means it's safe to drink. While reclaimed water is often used as a replacement for potable water for irrigation and industrial needs. A push is on to investigate the intentional use of reclaimed wastewater as a direct drinking water supply. Commonly referred to simply as potable reuse. The purpose of this survey is to gather our membership's opinions on Direct Potable Reuse so please take the time to complete the survey.
While the FWPCOA endorses USEPA development of the WRAP, we want to get our member's valued knowledge to share with the PRC. The PRC will will use our analyzed information to guide the FDEP and other water sector stakeholders in amending the future licensing certification program.