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Daily Legislative Brief from March 9, 2020


HB 715 – Relating to Reclaimed Water

On Monday, March 9, HB 715 by Representative Randy Maggard (R-Zephyrhills) was read a third time on the House floor and passed with 118 yeas and 0 nays.

The bill, which is based off the recommendations of the Potable Reuse Commission, recognizes reclaimed water as a potential source of drinking water, recognizes potable reuse water as an alternative active water supply, establishes specific water quality criteria for potable reuse, and prohibits certain utilities from discharging reuse, effluent, or reclaimed water via surface water discharges.

HB 715 will now go to the Senate for consideration.

AIF supports legislation which increases Florida’s water supply by encouraging greater utilization of reclaimed water, direct and indirect potable technology, and other alternative water supplies that are both technologically and economically feasible. States with an adequate water supply will have a head start on future economic development and job creation.