As part of the annual recognition of Water Reuse Week, SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Chauncey Goss donned the ceremonial "Purple Coat", an honor bestowed on one Governing Board Member each year to recognize their support for water reuse.
"Every gallon reused is a gallon saved and another small step closer to ensuring there is enough water available to protect our environment and supply the needs of our communities," said Goss. "We are proud as a Governing Board and as a District to support and promote the reuse of water."
The utilization of reclaimed water, or water from homes and businesses that is treated and used again for things like irrigation, groundwater recharge and environmental needs, has been steadily increasing throughout South Florida. In 1994 about 100 million gallons per day of water was reused while by 2017 about 295 million gallons per day is reused. SFWMD has also partnered with local utilities and to support water reuse projects. Since 1997, SFWMD has invested $101 million to support 263 water reuse projects.