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Surface water management in Florida involves several different drainage systems (local, secondary and primary), which are made up of lakes, levees, water control structures, canals and rivers. Stormwater from neighborhoods (the local system) flows into county, city and drainage district systems (the secondary system). Excess water from these local and secondary drainage systems empties into the Central and Southern Florida Project (the primary system), which is managed by the South Florida Water Management District. The primary system includes major canals, rivers, lakes and wetlands.

Groundwater is the source for about 90 percent of South Florida's drinking water. Managing and protecting groundwater is the responsibility of several different levels of government. Most drinking water utilities are run by counties, cities or towns. Their operations are overseen by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The South Florida Water Management District determines how much water per year these utilities and other large users can withdraw, through consumptive water use permits, to protect regional water supplies. We work with these organizations, including local governments, to support conservation initiatives and the development of alternative water supplies.

 
Utilities

 
Water utilities supply drinking water to homes and nonagricultural businesses.

Most utilities in South Florida are run by counties or municipalities (cities, towns and villages). If you have questions about your drinking water, or want to pay your bill on-line, check your latest water utility bill for contact information.

Links to the 16 counties within the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) boundary are listed below, as is a link to Florida municipalities with websites.

NOTE: All counties marked with * are only partially within SFWMD.

Drainage Districts

 
Drainage districts are special taxing districts. Most homeowners will find a drainage district listed in their annual property tax bill. Their responsibility is to manage drainage in local and some secondary systems.

More than 100 drainage districts operate within the 16 counties of the South Florida Water Management District. If you can't find contact information in your property tax bill, or are not a homeowner, you can find out about YOUR drainage district from county websites.

Links to the 16 counties within the South Florida Water Management District boundary are listed below.

NOTE: All counties marked with * are only partially within SFWMD.


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