Regional Water Supply Needs and Sources, Southwest Florida Water Management District

by David A. Smith, Southwest Florida Water Management, District, Brooksville, United States,
David L. Moore, Southwest Florida Water Management, District, Brooksville, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Urban and Regional Conflict Resolution in Water Related Issues


In 1990, the Southwest Florida Water Management District completed a district-wide water supply needs and sources planning analysis. The SWFWMD needs and sources analysis identifies water needs projected from 1995 to 2020 and sources of water to meet those needs. This analysis forms the basis for long-term regional water supply planning for the west-central Florida area. The SWFWMD's water supply needs and sources study required inter-governmental coordination on many levels. This coordination included three multi-county regional water supply authorities, county planning and utility departments, and each municipal and private utility. One of the most significant parts of this investigation is the projection of water demands for every category of water use. Specific projection methodologies were developed for indentification of public supply and agricultural demands. Demands of uses other than public supply and agriculture were projected based on regional water use trends on a case by case basis. The methodology used for identification of potential fresh ground-water withdrawal locations is based on a screening system using overlays showing the present condition of the resource. The most suitable locations for proposed ground-water development were selected based on having good quality water in areas that are not already seriously impacted by existing withdrawals and are close to demand centers or distribution networks. The methodology for estimating costs of implementing the proposed water supply options is based on a cost estimating model.

Subject Headings: Water management | Water supply | Water supply systems | Water quality | Urban and regional development | Water resources | Project management | Groundwater quality | Florida | United States

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