The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s new rule takes the first steps toward water privatization

Posted by Robyn, January 24, 2013

Is the Florida Department of Environmental Protection rewarding water conservation or moving toward water privatization?

The main goal of the department’s consumptive-use permitting rule changes is not conservation, if you consider conservation to be a permanent reduction in the amount of water that we are already using.

Instead of working to leave more water in the aquifer — water that our lakes, rivers and springs desperately need — DEP is proposing to lengthen the duration of water-use permits so users do not “lose” the water they have “conserved.” That means that water is not actually conserved at all.

via Annette Long: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s new rule takes the first steps toward water privatization. | Gainesville.com.