North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan
Frequently asked questions
- What is the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan (NFRWSP)?
- The NFRWSP constitutes an evaluation of how much water is needed in year 2035 and whether the traditional sources of fresh groundwater can meet the future water demand while protecting the water resources and related natural systems, such as springs and wetlands. Where traditional sources are not adequate, the plan identifies project options for potential future water supply sources.
- Is a water supply plan similar to a capital facilities plan?
- No. Local governments and utilities maintain capital facility plans. Water supply plans focus on sustainability of resources. They point to or identify options for water resource development and water supply development projects.
- How were stakeholders and the public involved in the process?
- From June 2012 to November 2016, stakeholders and the public were involved in 36 meetings of the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership Stakeholder Advisory Committee, more than 50 outreach meetings to local governments, environmental organizations, civic groups and other stakeholders, and two public workshops in November 2016 — one in Jacksonville and one in Live Oak. In addition the draft plan was released from October 4, 2016 to December 5, 2016 for public comment.
- Are users required to implement water supply project options?
- No. Water users are not required to implement any of the options identified. However, users may offer alternative projects to mitigate impacts for new permits, or when requesting increases in allocations.
- Will the water supply plan affect consumptive (water) use permits?
- No. However, the plan contains strategies and conservation concepts that could be considered in future consumptive use permitting
- Are there enough water supply projects options to meet future demands?
- Yes. The plan identifies more than 200 mgd of water conservation, water resource development and water supply development project options to meet the 2035 projected increase in demand of 117 mgd.
- What years does the plan cover?
- The planning period for the NFRWSP is from 2010 to 2035.
- When will the next plan be prepared?
- The next plan is expected in five years.