Oppose pumping of reclaimed (treated sewage) water into the Floridan aquifer.
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UPDATE: The bill was approved by the Florida House and Senate and will go to Gov. Rick Scott for approval. Tell Gov. Rick Scott we don't want treated sewer water in our aquifer.
A pair of Florida House and Senate bills (HB 1149 and SB 1308) that are close to approval and would allow reclaimed (treated sewer) water to be pumped into Florida aquifera is being called "the Dirty Water Bill of 2018."
According to a March 1, 2018, Tampa Bay Times article:
"Cynthia Barnett, the author of three books on water and an environmental fellow in residence at the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service, said the bills are based on a faulty assumption concerning how much water Florida needs for its future growth.
The bills say that Florida will need 7.7 billion gallons of water per day by 2030, or 1.3 billion gallons more than the state was using in 2010. That, Barnett said, 'would only be true if we live wastefully with water and irrigate as profligately as we have in the past, and all signs are pointing in the opposite direction. The most important things we can do going forward are to use less and pollute less — not plan for using more and more.'
During a January committee hearing on the Senate bill, Sierra Club lobbyist David Cullen warned legislators that if the bills pass it could harm the aquifer, 'and once the aquifer is contaminated, it’s broken.'"
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