Title

Water Conservation Strategic Plan for the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department

Date of Award

11-12-2008

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

Leonard Pasquini

Keywords

conservation; demand; drought; groundwater; management; preservation; restrictions; shortages; water

Abstract

In light of current drought conditions throughout Florida, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department (PBCWUD) has assumed the leadership role as a regional water provider in the conservation process to help guide long-range water supply planning in Florida. This project presents a conservation strategic plan that will provide guidance to the PBCWUD's management as they implement ways to meet the state mandate, which requires a reduction in water demand by two MGD. The PBCWUD can achieve this goal by implementing these ten strategies: 1) water conservation ordinance, 2) rain sensing devices, 3) leak detection, 4) low-volume plumbing, 5) public education, 6) automated meter-reading, 7) reclaimed water expansion, 8) water loss reduction, 9) ASR wells, and 10) conservation-based rate structure.

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