Why does winter haven need to start looking for alternative sources of water?

The Floridan Aquifer, from which Winter Haven gets its water, is connected to lakes, rivers, and springs. Across Florida, overpumping of the aquifer has reduced stream flow, lake levels, and spring flow. Faced with significant population growth and the need to increase water supplies, sources such as surface water, Lower Floridian Aquifer water (which is saltier), treated wastewater (reuse water), and seawater are the sources of water that can produce the quantities needed. The problem is, that these sources of water are more expensive than traditional sources and will cost more to pump and treat.

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1. Need to know where my water lines are?
2. Where does our water come from?
3. Why does winter haven need to start looking for alternative sources of water?
4. What can we do to keep from paying higher costs for alternative water supplies?
5. Why can’t we use treated wastewater (reuse) as a water supply supplement?
6. What is the polk regional water cooperative, and what role do they play in alternative water supplies?
7. What is the peace creek integrated water supply plan?
8. Will utility bills go up in the future?
9. Why do residents pay more for wastewater treatment than water supply?