Regional Water Supply Planning in Northwest Florida
The Northwest Florida Water Management District established seven 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 various alternatives for meeting the anticipated future water needs (Section 373.709, F.S.).
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 in the coastal area where long-term pumping from Floridan Aquifer wells has caused a pronounced drawdown in the coastal Floridan Aquifer that could result in significant saltwater intrusion and impairment of public water supply wells. In 2003, the demand projections from the WSA were updated through 2025. 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). Funding has been budgeted for resource assessment, alternatives analysis, and plan development and implementation for Regions II, III, and V.
Northwest Florida Water Supply Planning Regions
The District's Governing Board approved the Water Supply Assessment Update on May 28, 2009, confirming that no new regional water supply plans were necessary at this time and to continue water supply planning efforts in Regions II, III and V.
Regional Water Supply Plans
Region II Regional Water Supply Plan: Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties (2000; updated 2006, 2012)
Region V Regional Water Supply Plan: Gulf and Franklin Counties (2007)
Regional Water Supply Plan for Region III: Bay County (2008)
Water Supply Assessment
1998 Water Supply Assessment
2003 Water Supply Projections Report
2008 Water Supply Assessment Update
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 Homesby John B. Whitcomb, 2005.
Consolidated Annual Report
Miscellaneous Aquifer Pump Test Results
Water Conservation Practices