Draft District Water Supply Plan
The draft District Water Supply Plan (Plan) was developed as part of the St. Johns River Water Management District’s work to ensure that adequate and sustainable water supplies are available to meet future needs while protecting the environment. The Plan informs water users about the estimated future increase in water demand through 2035, sustainable withdrawal limits for water resources and related natural systems, and the methods and means to supply water in a sustainable manner.
This Plan is essential to the District’s core mission for water supply — to implement a regional strategy to provide sufficient water for users and the environment.
The District’s total population is expected to increase by almost 1.8 million people from 2010 to 2035, and total water demand is estimated to increase by 314 million gallons per day, assuming no reduction in per capita demand. The water demand estimate is conservative, illustrating the magnitude of demand that would occur without increased water conservation and reuse.
Fresh groundwater alone cannot supply all of the 2035 estimated increase in water demand without unacceptable impacts to water resources and related natural systems. The Plan provides water users with a clear plan to meet water supply needs through the year 2035. Water demand can be significantly reduced by extensive implementation of additional water conservation and reuse. In addition, the plan identifies alternative water supply development project options to supplement the additional water needed.
The first draft of the Plan was made available for review and comment by the public, local governments and other stakeholders in December 2013. Six public meetings and a technical methods workshop were held in January and February 2014. Public comments were accepted at the public meetings and workshop, online and by mail and email. The District has revised the Plan based on the input received.
The draft plan will be scheduled for District Governing Board consideration at a public meeting.