“The 1970’s absolutely must be the years when America pays its debt to the past by reclaiming the purity of its air, its waters and our living environment” — President Nixon

Let us begin this discussion on future water requirements, uses, priorities and economics, by talking about population trends. The National Research Council expects the world population to double from about 3. 5 billion to 7 billion by the year 2000. Florida’s population, estimated by Kiplinger, to be in excess of 6,000,000 now, is anticipated to exceed 9,000,000 by 1980. In addition, the state now “enjoys” the visit of an additional 20 million tourists, fortunately spread rather evenly at weekly intervals throughout the year. The prospects of the future, with Disney World, Roy Roger’s Cowport, the associated supporting facilities, and an increase in commuting residents frankly scares the hell out of me.

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