Regional Water Supply Planning in Northwest Florida
The Northwest Florida Water Management District is divided into seven Water Supply Planning Regions, (see map below). In 1998, the District completed its first Water Supply Assessment (WSA) to evaluate the sufficiency of water resources to meet projected demands over a 20-year planning horizon.
Every five years, the District updates the WSA to evaluate whether existing and anticipated water sources are sufficient to meet future demands while sustaining water resources and associated natural systems. If the District determines that a region's water needs are likely to exceed available water sources in the next 20 years, the District will prepare a Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP), which identifies alternatives for meeting the anticipated future water needs (as required by section 373.709, F.S.).
Water Supply Assessments & Regional Water Supply Plans
The 2013 Water Supply Assessment Update, which extends the projections through 2035, has been completed. The updated assessments and projections have resulted in a staff recommendation to continue RWSP efforts in Regions II and III. However, due to the completion of a major surface water supply facility and slower population growth and development than originally projected, District staff recommends discontinuing RWSP efforts for Region V. No new RWSPs are recommended at this time.
In 2009, based on the 2008 Water Supply Assessment, the Governing Board directed staff to develop a RWSP for Region III (Bay County). An update to the Region III is currently under development.
In 2006, the District’s Governing Board determined that the adequacy and sustainability of traditional water supplies for coastal Franklin County and the need for planning alternative surface water development in Gulf County warranted development of a RWSP for Region V.
In 2003, the demand projections from the WSA were updated through 2025. The RWSP for Region II remained in effect and no new RWSPs were initiated.
Based on the 1998 WSA, the District’s Governing Board determined that Region II (Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties) required a RWSP.
Regional Water Supply Plans
Region II Regional Water Supply Plan: Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties (2000; 2006, 2012)
Region III Regional Water Supply Plan: Bay County (2008; 2014 update)
Region V Regional Water Supply Plan: Gulf and Franklin Counties (2007).
NWFWMD Water Supply Assessments
2013 Water Supply Assessment Update
2008 Water Supply Assessment Update
2003 Water Supply Projections Report
1998 Water Supply Assessment
Supporting Documents for Water Supply Planning
Five-Year Water Resource Development Work Program
District Water Management Plan. 2005. Program Development Series 05-01
Hydrogeology of the Northwest Florida Water Management District
by Thomas R. Pratt, Christopher J. Richards, Katherine A. Milla, Jeffry R. Wagner, Jay L. Johnson and Ross J. Curry, 1996. Water Resources Special Report 96-4. (Zipped version of the same report)
Florida Water Rates Evaluation of Single-Family Homes by John B. Whitcomb, 2005.
Consolidated Annual Report
Miscellaneous Aquifer Pump Test Results
Water Conservation Practices
Water Supply Development Community Assistance Initiative