Florida - 2012 State Policy Information Florida State flag 

Below are results for Florida from the 2011/2012 Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard survey.

Use the links below to jump to a specific question:

Q1. State Agencies Q8. Water Loss Q15. Implementation Requirements
Q2. Toilet Regulations   Q9. Permitting    Q16. State Funding for Conservation
Q3. Showerhead Regulations Q10. Drought Plans Q17. Technical Assistance
Q4. Urinal Regulations Q11. Conservation Plans Q18. Volumetric Billing  
Q5. Clothes Washer Regulations Q12. Authority to Approve Plans Q19. Metered Connections 
Q6. PRSV Regulations Q13. Plan Update Frequency Q20. ET Microclimate Information  
Q7. Building or Plumbing Codes Q14. Planning Framework Additional Information







  1. What state agency or agencies are in charge of drinking water conservation/efficiency?

    Florida Department of Environmental Protection

    There are Five Regional Water Management Districts within the DEP:

    Northwest Florida WMD 
    Suwannee River WMD 
    St. Johns River WMD 
    Southwest Florida WMD 
    South Florida WMD 

    Administrative Code: Pertinent Administrative Code FAC 40 (Water Management Districts) and FAC 62 (Department of Environmental Protection)

    Florida Statutes: Title 28, Chapter 373, F.S. Water Resources 

  2. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for toilets that is more stringent than the federal standard?  


  3. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for showerheads that is more stringent than the federal standard? 

  4. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for urinals that is more stringent than the federal standard?

  5. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for clothes washers that is more stringent than the federal standard? 


  6. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for pre-rinse spray valves that is more stringent than the federal standard?  


  7. Does the state have mandatory building or plumbing codes requiring water efficient products that exceed the federal standard? 

  8. Does the state have any regulations or policies for water utilities regarding water loss in the utility distribution system?  


  9. Does the state require conservation activities as part of its water permitting process or water right permit?

  10. Does the state require preparation of drought emergency plans by water utilities or cities on any prescribed schedule?  

    Yes, but only at the Water Management District level.  No schedule is specified.

    FLA. STAT. § 373.246(1):

    "The governing board or the department by regulation shall formulate a plan for implementation during periods of water shortage. As a part of this plan the governing board or the department shall adopt a reasonable system of water-use classification according to source of water supply; method of extraction, withdrawal, or diversion; or use of water or a combination thereof. The plan may include provisions for variances and alternative measures to prevent undue hardship and ensure equitable distribution of water resources."

    FLA. STAT. § 373.246 Text

  11. Does the state have a mandatory planning requirement for potable water conservation/efficiency separate from drought emergency plans?   

    No.  The Department is encouraged to develop a conservation planning process for utilities, but it is optional.

    FLA. STAT. § 373.227(2):

    "The department, in cooperation with the water management districts and other stakeholders, shall develop a comprehensive statewide water conservation program for public water supply. The program should: . . .    (g) Develop a standardized water conservation planning process for utilities . . . ." 

    FLA. STAT. § 373.227(4):

    "As part of an application for a consumptive use permit, a public water supply utility may propose a goal-based water conservation plan that is tailored to its individual circumstances." 

    FLA. STAT. § 373.227 Text

    Florida does require implementation of conservation measures through its districts based on FLA. ADMIN. CODE ANN. r. 62-40.412.  Those requirements can be fullfilled by developing a goal-based conservation plan, but plans are not required.

    FLA. ADMIN. CODE ANN. r. 62-40.412:  "(1) The overall water conservation goal of the state shall be to prevent and reduce wasteful, uneconomical, impractical, or unreasonable use of water resources. Conservation of water shall be required unless not economically, environmentally, or technically feasible. (2) The Districts shall seek to accomplish this goal by: (a) Assisting local governments, water supply utilities, regional water supply authorities, and other parties in designing and implementing plans and programs to conserve water. . . . (c) Requiring efficient use of water." 

    FLA. ADMIN. CODE ANN. r. 62-40.416: "(3) To demonstrate compliance with the efficiency requirement in paragraph (2)(c), a public water supply utility may propose a goal-based water conservation plan or program in lieu of the measures in subparagraphs 62-40.412(2)(c)1. through 7."  

    FLA. ADMIN. CODE ANN. r. 62-40.412 Text

    FLA. ADMIN. CODE ANN. r. 62-40.416 Text

  12. Does the state have the authority to approve or reject the conservation plans? 

  13. How often does the state require the water utilities to submit a potable water conservation plan (not part of a drought emergency plan)? 


  14. If the state has a mandatory planning requirement for potable water conservation separate from drought emergency plans, is there a framework or prescribed methodology?

  15. Does the state require water utilities to implement conservation measures, beyond just the preparation and submittal of plans? 


  16. Does the state offer financial assistance to utilities, cities, or counties for urban water conservation programs such as a revolving loan fund? Grants?  Bonds?  Appropriations?

    The Water Savings Incentive Program (WaterSIP)

    Cooperative Funding Initiative
  17. Does the state offer technical assistance for urban water conservation programs? 


    Conserve Florida Water Clearinghouse
  18. Does the state require volumetric billing?

  19. What percentage or number of publicly supplied water connections (residential and nonresidential) are metered in your state?
  20. Does the state provide statewide ET microclimate information for urban landscapes?  


    Florida Automated Weather Network
    University of Florida Extension - Lawn Care and Irrigation 
    The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook
    Univerity of Florida - How to Calibrate Your Sprinkler System

Additional Information:

Florida Water Star Program