The Biscayne Bay Aquifer is of the primary source of drinking water for South Florida.
Located just below the land surface it is composed of a porous rock with small cracks and holes through which rainwater seeps and fills. The water is collected into on-site and remote wells where it begins its water treatment process. The water is softened, settled in contact basins, passes through a primary and secondary disinfection, filtered for sand and anthracite, phosphorous is added to reduce corrosion, finally water is stored in reservoirs and remote tanks where the water is ready to use.
Sea level rise is possessing as a large threat to South Florida’s drinking water. With the sea level projected to rise between 3 and 7 inches by 2030, and 9 to 24 inches by 2060. This increase causes saltwater intrusion to the Biscayne Bay Aquifer, which is described as “movement of saline water into freshwater aquifers”. This process leads to contamination of drinking water which leads to a reducing on our already stressed water supply.
Florida leads the nation in water reuse. In 2015, it used over 700 million gallons of reclaimed water daily, representing 44% of the total domestic wastewater flow in the state1. Here are six additional facts about water reuse in the state of Florida.
6 & 7: https://www.sjrwmd.com/2018/05/district-recognizes-may-13-19-as-water-reuse-week-in-florida/
With Hurricane season spanning from June to November, being prepared is important to ensure the safety of you family and home. Some of these tips can be done way ahead of a storm, saving you stress and avoid the large crowds.
May is the start of rainy season in Florida. In our tropical climate, heavy rainstorms and flooding is common during this time of year. Here are some tips to help you stay safe and protect your car and home.
1 and 2 : https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Turn-Around-Dont-Drown-FHP-Offers-Safe-Driving-Tips-for-Flooded-Roadways-427088113.html
3 thru 7: https://randfonteinherald.co.za/241659/heavy-rain-and-floods-13-tips-for-staying-safe/