In the state of Florida, the vast majority of potable water comes from groundwater supplies. Salt water intrusion into groundwater aquifers coupled with variable rainfall and periodic droughts are affecting the availability of this supply. As the supply of potable groundwater in Florida becomes less and less available, it is crucial for municipalities and industry alike to take the initiative to protect diminishing water resources through conservation.
In addition, increased scrutiny from state and federal regulators on effluent wastewater discharges from industrial facilities such as citrus processing plants has resulted in tighter effluent discharge standards, limits to organic loadings on land application and increased wastewater pretreatment requirements. These trends are expected to continue and citrus processors are faced with the reality that these tightening requirements are making wastewater treatment an even more critical part of their operations.
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