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Water supply

Central Florida Water Initiative

Regional Water Supply Plan
2035 Water Resources Protection and Water Supply Strategies Plan

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The St. Johns River Water Management District has been working in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, local utilities and other stakeholders in the central Florida area to implement effective and consistent water resource planning, development and management through the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI).

The CFWI planning area includes all of Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Polk counties and southern Lake County.

To support the CFWI, the district began an internal CFWI process in fall 2013. The vision is to work in partnership with the CFWI stakeholders to identify and further develop the CFWI Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP) projects to meet existing and future water demands within the central Florida area while sustaining water resources and related natural systems.

The goals are to:

  • Develop an action plan to implement the CFWI RWSP and Solutions Planning Team’s strategies document, as well as addresses the district’s near-term and long-term project execution requirements
  • Develop implementable water resource development projects, as well as provide assistance with water supply development projects that meet water demands that are in excess of the sustainable yield of existing traditional groundwater sources; either those identified in the CFWI RWSP or other projects identified by the district or stakeholders
  • Work with the district’s Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) — Development and Prevention and Recovery Strategies Initiative to complete prevention and recovery strategies for MFLs water bodies, as well as address impacts to wetlands within the district’s CFWI area
  • Assist the CFWI Regulatory Team with the establishment of consistent rules and regulations for the three water management districts that meet their collective goals
  • Coordinate with stakeholders and the CFWI committees and technical teams
  • Develop and implement an approach for continued improvement of critical tools and data to support future planning processes
Reclaimed water lines (purple pipes) are installed.

Reclaimed water lines (purple pipes) are installed.

Planning for sufficient water supplies  for all uses, including agriculture, is among topics of the regional water supply plan.

Planning for sufficient water supplies for all uses, including agriculture, is among topics of the regional water supply plan.


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