Let’s get more of that water consistency stuff?

The governor and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection both have called for more “consistency” in the policies and programs of the water management districts. However, one of the main benefits of regionally-focused water management is being able to be a little different in order to address unique regional and local needs. I suspect that the real “consistency” being sought is the lowest common denominator. The goal may be to make the districts “consistent” at the lowest level of performance.

Maybe I am wrong. If so, I propose the single most effective new measure available to improve water management in Florida and make it more consistent: a uniform statewide per capita water use standard. The most rigorous and detailed district per capita standard is in place at the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The result of this “inconsistency” is the lowest per capita use of water among the districts:

Per Capita Trends in the Southwest Florida WMD


Consistency and improved water use efficiency! A great combination. Let’s see if this will be a legislative and gubernatorial priority in 2012.

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  • Jan Allyn November 29, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Adaptability to regional conditions and challenges was one of the great advantages of the Basin Boards. It is a shame that they have been eliminated.

  • Richard A. March December 1, 2021 at 9:15 am

    Per capita water use is fine as far as it goes. One of the main reasons for differences in per capita water use is irrigation water use and the blending of reclaimed .and raw water. SFWMD was beginning to develop tules for this blending. In addition, South Florida still discharges to tide large volumes of water due to limited storage capacity. Per capita water use, without accounting for reclaimed water and discharge to tide, is at best a partial measure of water use efficiency.

  • Tom December 1, 2021 at 10:37 am

    I certainly agree that per capita use of water, used alone as a measure, is insufficient. However, it is still a pretty good instrument for assessing water use efficiency. One way to get per capita down, for example, is to use reclaimed water. That is also a pretty good thing to do.

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