Regional Water Supply Planning in Northwest Florida
The Northwest Florida Water Management District established seven Primary Water Supply Planning Regions, as illustrated below, and completed the first District Water Supply Assessment (WSA) in 1998. The purpose of the WSA is to evaluate whether existing and anticipated water sources are sufficient to meet future demands, while sustaining water resources and associated natural systems. If the future water needs of a water supply planning region are such that they are currently causing or are likely to cause water resource problems over the 20-year planning horizon, the District must prepare a Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP) which analyzes and presents alternatives for meeting the anticipated future water needs (Section 373.709, F.S.).
Northwest Florida Water Supply Planning Regions
Based on the WSA and subsequent action by the NWFWMD Governing Board, it was initially determined that only Region II (Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties) required a RWSP. The primary resource concern in Region II is where long-term pumping from the Floridan Aquifer has caused a drawdown of the aquifer in the coastal region that could result in saltwater intrusion and impairment of private and public water supply wells. 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. In 2006, the NWFWMD Governing Board determined that issues affecting the adequacy and sustainability of traditional water supplies for coastal Franklin County, as well as the need for planning alternative surface water development in Gulf County, warranted development of a RWSP for Region V. In 2008, the Governing Board directed staff to develop a RWSP for Region III (Bay County). In 2009, the Governing Board approved the 2008 WSA Update, confirming that no new Regional Water Supply Plans were necessary. RWSP efforts continue in Regions II, III and V.
Draft - 2013 Water Supply Assessment Update - Draft
The 2013 WSA Update, which extends the projections through 2035, is being drafted. The updated assessments and projections in this draft have resulted in a tentative recommendation to continue RWSP efforts in Regions II and III while discontinuing those efforts in Region V. A major surface water supply facility was completed in 2009 for Region V and population growth and development have not occurred as rapidly as previously projected. The 2013 WSA Update will be presented and discussed at six WSA Public Workshops. District staff will provide an overview of the WSAs current assessments, projections and recommendations, and workshop participants will be invited to ask questions and discuss the draft. District staff will evaluate public comments and any additional data that are provided by the various utilities and other concerned entities and may use this information to update the WSA, as appropriate. A final draft of the 2013 WSA Update is scheduled to be presented to the Governing Board for approval in January, 2014. Changes regarding the discontinuation or creation of Regional Water Supply Plans must be approved by the District’s Governing Board.
Regional Water Supply Plans
Region II Regional Water Supply Plan: Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties (2000; updated 2006, 2012)
Regional Water Supply Plan for Region III: Bay County (2008)
Region V Regional Water Supply Plan: Gulf and Franklin Counties (2007)
Water Supply Assessment
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