Finding answers to meet water demands in south Lake

Florida three ‘Water Management District’ have a plan?




What is it going to cost us?


We in Florida should have learned our lesson when Florida Government has a play?


Pay close attention all Floridians, Small Business Owners, Snowbirds, Visitors and Retirees!

(1)- This plan includes the constant restrictions on


“Only your water use!”

(2)- Also drilling into the filthy Lower Aquifer, now even polluted from sea water among many more unspeakable things!

(3)- Their simple minded thinking is only until 2035?


Why not do the right thing now, save money (All Taxpayers Money), save the environment and our drinking water?


(1)-Stop giving our drinking water away for free while collecting for your personal pocketbooks!

(2)- Also restrict the use of our drinking water to water thousands of golf courses or at least force them to a

‘just payment’ for their overuse?

This money can be used to build ‘Drinking Water Distilleries’!

(3)- Force all water, soda and beer making companies to also pay their ‘just payment for taking our drinking water’?

This money can be used to help build

‘Drinking Water Distilleries’!

News in Florida papers

Finding answers to meet water demands in south Lake

For the first time in history, the St. Johns River Water Management District, the South Florida Water Management District and the Southwest Florida Water Management District all have approved a regional water supply plan for Central Florida to ensure adequate water supply for the region through 2035.

The plan includes a combination of alternative water supply project options, expanded and efficient water reuse projects, and aggressive water conservation measures for cities and counties in the region, including south Lake.

Water experts have cautioned that south Lake has a little under five years to find an alternative water supply before withdrawals from the aquifer could begin impacting lakes, wetlands and springs.

In south Lake it is projected by 2035, there will be a need for an additional 12 to 15 million gallons per day.

Within the regional water supply plan are several projects in south Lake, which call for using “the lower Floridan aquifer” as a viable alternative water source.

Members of the South Lake Regional Water Initiative (SLRWI) — a coalition that includes the cities of Clermont, Groveland, Minneola, Mascotte, Montverde, the South Lake Chamber of Commerce, private utility companies and the county — have been working in conjunction with the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) for the past five years to find an alternative water supply.

Local water experts and officials say several south Lake water initiatives, included in what is known as the CFWI water supply plan, are solidifying how south Lake will meet its growing demand for water in the future

“The approval of the CFWI gives legitimacy to the concept of our project,” said Alan Oyler, a consultant to the SLRWI. “We are going to continue to pursue it. What that means for us, is once we go through the permitting process, we will probably become eligible for state funding.”

Groveland Mayor Tim Loucks, who co-founded the SLRWI with Commissioner Sean Parks, said the plan is a “milestone initiative.”

“We have never had such a comprehensive direction to go in,” he said. “We are given a multitude of options to make sure we do have adequate water.”

But those same experts say there are still many hurdles to overcome in determining how much the withdrawals will impact the lakes, the lower aquifer’s sustainability, and the need to pass unified landscaping codes in all south Lake cities and the county, requiring Florida Friendly landscaping and limiting irrigation for landscapes.

“We have not done a model that shows our projected withdrawals from where our projected locations are,” Oyler said. “We know the additional withdraw from the Lower Floridan will likely have an impact on the springs. It does not have as much of an impact on lakes. That does not mean that lakes are not detrimentally impacted.”

Most of the water consumed by Floridians is drawn from the upper Floridan aquifer, a meandering reservoir that sits just below the surface of the earth.

Water experts say the upper aquifer cannot supply a growing state, including Central Florida, much longer, so many counties — Orange, Marion, Polk and Lake among them — are beginning to explore the lower aquifer deeper beneath the ground.

SLRWI officials have been looking for answers deeper underground in the largely untapped lower aquifer. With funding from the state, SLRWI officials conducted a study, which showed the lower aquifer is a viable water source in the future.

The lower aquifer is seen by many communities in Florida as the best hope for a cost-effective solution to the state’s approaching water shortage.

The CFWI report states the south Lake county wellfield project has the potential to supply 12.7 million gallons per day of water to the south region.

“Although the model does show impacts, producing water from the (lower aquifer) should reduce the potential for impacts when compared to using traditional (upper aquifer) sources,” the report stated.

Parks said adopting unified water conservation codes are critical to addressing water supply needs.

“We can’t keep developing the way we have been doing it in the past,” he said. “If we require new development to utilize non-potable sources for irrigation and conservation measures…, we will ensure there is enough affordable water for our residents and businesses without hurting our lakes and wetlands.”

Loucks said the biggest issue with the lower aquifer is whether it will be sustainable. If not, water could get more costly.

“The lower Floridan is the most economical for us to utilize right now,” he said. “Should it not be able to carry us through the 20-year projection, we have other sources to rely on.”

Those other sources include taking water from Yankee Lake and St. Johns River. But those options are more costly, Loucks said.


Finding answers to meet water demands in south Lake

A man is seen fishing off of his dock the sits off of Lake Minneola on Tuesday in Clermont.

A project to draw water from the lower aquifer to meet potable water demands has been approved by the Central Florida Water Initiative.


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