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CFWI Draft 2020 Regional Water Supply Plan Available for Review and Comment

Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) Draft 2020 Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP) is now available on the CFWI website for review and comment by stakeholders and the public.

Reminder to Apply for Central Florida Water Initiative Cost-Share Funding for Water Conservation Projects

The deadline to apply for Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) cost-share funding for water conservation projects is March 27, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Apply now for cost-share funding

Applications are now being accepted for a cost-share funding program to support the implementation of water conservation projects within the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI).

Meet the CFWI Steering Committee

Meet the CFWI Steering Committee. The Committee oversees the CFWI process and provides guidance to the technical teams and technical oversight/management committees.

Modeling Results are Used to Develop Planning-Level Groundwater Availability

Recent groundwater modeling results for the CFWI have yielded new insight into central Florida’s planning-level groundwater availability over the next 20 years.

Next Steps: Developing the 2020 Regional Water Supply Plan

CFWI teams are on schedule to complete the 2020 Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP). The RWSP will identify existing and projected water needs, as well as future projects and funding sources.

Skip a Week of Irrigation

Residents are encouraged to skip a week of irrigation during the cooler months of January and February to help conserve water.

Mt. Dora’s Regional Approach to Reclaimed Water

A new reclaimed water pipe between the cities of Mt. Dora and Apopka will help to conserve water throughout Central Florida, benefiting groundwater supplies across the region.

CFWI Wetland Monitoring Site 2019

Scientists from the South Florida, Southwest Florida and St. John’s River Water Management District’s came together to set up a wetland monitoring site at Pasture Reserve in Lake County as part of the Central Florida Water Initiative’s wetland monitoring program.

Exploratory Well Drilling Project in Polk County:

An exploratory well drilling project is underway in Lakeland to explore the use of the lower Floridan aquifer as a source of water supply. This project is part of the Polk Regional Water Cooperative.

Regional Water Supply Plan to Identify Water Needs Over the Next 20 Years

Identifying existing and projected water needs as well as projects and funding sources to meet those needs over the next 20 years is the focus of the upcoming 2020 Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP).

April is Water Conservation Month in Florida

April is traditionally one of the driest months of the year and the peak demand season for public water use. In an ongoing commitment to ensure the public’s water needs are met, local governments and water management districts have declared April as Water Conservation Month. Residents within the CFWI and throughout the state of Florida can participate by being mindful of water use in their daily household activities.

Well Construction Site in Polk County (video)

A new aquifer monitoring well is being constructed next to Dinner Lake in Polk County. An important area for recharge and establishing minimum flows and levels, this well site will provide beneficial information for water use models in the future.

Deadline Approaching to Submit Central Florida Water Supply Project Options

The Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) is working collaboratively with the region’s utilities, water users and local stakeholders to identify water supply project options to help meet our water supply needs, now and in the future. One piece of this effort is the creation a new list of potential projects to meet water users’ needs, which will be included in the upcoming 2020 CFWI Regional Water Supply Plan.

New Funding Opportunity for Conservation Projects

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) has launched a new 50 percent cost share reimbursement program to support water conservation projects Districtwide. Known as WISE, the Water Incentives Supporting Efficiency program will award applicants up to $20,000 to implement projects that help reduce water use and protect the region’s water resources.

Project Completed to Update Groundwater Model

A recently completed project by the Hydrologic Assessment Team (HAT), a sub-team of the Water Resource Assessment Team (WRAT), will mean better data and improved confidence in future groundwater model applications involving the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI).

Meet the teams behind the CFWI

The work of the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) hinges on collaboration to help meet future demands for water in Florida. Several committees and teams help maintain the collaborative focus required to implement effective and consistent water resource planning across five counties in central Florida.

CFWI’s Top Accomplishments of 2018

CFWI completed many exciting projects and initiatives in 2018 in a collaborative effort to address central Florida's water supply needs. Watch a video to learn more.

Photograph of pipes

Call for Projects to Help Meet Florida’s Water Demands

Projects will help manage the region’s water supply needs by providing water to meet a variety of needs, like public supply, agricultural, commercial and recreational, all while sustaining Florida’s water resources and related natural systems.

Photograph of a pring flowing out of a small cliff side

Collaborative Water Supply Planning with MFLs

It’s an early morning at Wekiwa Springs State Park in Orange County as a group gathers to discuss the area’s surrounding waterways: the Wekiva River, Wekiwa Springs, Rock Springs and Little Wekiva River. Along with stakeholder groups, water managers planned this public meeting as part of the process for developing minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for the four water bodies, which are part of the Wekiva Basin and within the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI).

Mulberry Adopts New Ordinance Based on Florida Water StarSM

A new ordinance in the City of Mulberry, based on Florida Water Star℠ (FWS) standards, is helping to ensure water needs are met in the booming Polk County area.

Public workshop Aug. 16 will address Wekiva Basin MFLs in the CFWI area

The St. Johns River Water Management District will hold a public workshop to discuss the peer review of Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) for water bodies within the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) area. This workshop will include discussion of surface water model peer review plans for MFLs water bodies within the Wekiva Basin.

Scientists Work Together to Set Up Wetland Monitoring Sites

Scientists from three water management districts are working together to set up wetland monitoring sites as part of a regional monitoring program in Central Florida. The scientists are part of the Data, Monitoring and Investigations Team, which is made up of staff from Southwest, St. Johns and South Florida water management districts. Watch a video about this process.

Watch the Weather, Wait to Water

Residents who irrigate their lawns are encouraged to take advantage of the summer rains and “watch the weather, wait to water.”

Central Florida Planners Are Looking for Regional Water Supply Solutions

The St. Johns River, Southwest Florida and South Florida Water Management Districts are working with stakeholders and other interested parties to develop an updated 2020 Regional Water Supply Plan for the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) region.

Water School Educates Polk Leaders

Leaders from across Polk County recently participated in the two-day Polk County Water School to learn about the water issues affecting Polk and the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) region.

Planners deploy high-tech projection tools

Water planners have two new tools that may make forecasting water needs easier, more consistent and more accurate.

Save Water Outdoors for Water Conservation Month

April is Water Conservation Month. This month is traditionally one of the driest of the year and marks the peak demand season for public water suppliers.

Skip a week

District Asks Homeowners to "Skip A Week" of Irrigation This Winter

With the cooler temperatures this week, the District is reminding residents who irrigate their lawns to “Skip a Week” or more of watering during the cooler months of January and February.

Water Management Districts, State continue collaboration to secure Florida’s water supply

The Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) estimates central Florida will need an additional 250 million gallons of water per day by 2035 to meet the demands of a growing population.

Irrigation spray head

CFWI Focuses on Saving Water Outdoors

Ensuring that central Florida has the water it needs is at the core of the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI).

CFWI Projects Taking Shape Throughout Region

Drilling more than half a mile below ground to find new sources of water in the Lower Floridan aquifer (LFA). Finding new ways to reuse reclaimed water. Combining stormwater and reclaimed water to build a sustainable supply.

Reclaimed water pipes

CFWI focuses on collaboration with utilities to extend water supply

Built on the concept of collaboration, the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) works with the area’s 83 utilities to scale water conservation efforts and promote alternative water supplies for a growing population.

Scientists Complete Second Year of Wetland Monitoring Program Setup

Water management scientists have completed a second year of setting up wetland monitoring sites as part of a regional monitoring program.

The project is part of the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI), a water planning effort among government agencies, water utilities, environmental groups, business organizations, agricultural communities and other stakeholders in a five-county area.

The scientists are part of the Data, Monitoring and Investigations Team, which is made up of staff from the Southwest, St. Johns River and South Florida water management districts. This ensures that all water management districts are using the same methods.

The goal is to set up a total of 107 sites across the CFWI area by 2020. As part of the second year, staff recently set up monitoring in six wetlands in Polk County.

The process is grueling fieldwork, which involved trekking by foot into remote areas in the summer heat.

“Because the fieldwork is so difficult, I think of it as an adventure challenge,” said Kym Rouse Holzwart, who has been leading this effort for the Southwest Water Management District. “It is a privilege to be involved in setting up this important regional wetland monitoring program and a great opportunity to collaborate with the other water management districts.”

The monitoring sites will help the CFWI team develop and maintain an inventory of available hydrologic, environmental, and other pertinent data and investigations in the region. To learn more about CFWI, visit CFWIWater.com.