Water: Florida's Most Precious Natural Resource
Water is Florida’s most precious and most in-demand resource. Whether fishing in one of the state’s 7,800 lakes, kayaking down more than 10,000 miles of rivers, roaming its 1,350 miles of coastline for shells, water is in high demand in the sunshine state for recreational, agricultural, public, private, and commercial uses.
Central Florida is home to more than 3 million residents, 126,000 hotel rooms, thousands of agricultural operations and, of course, world famous attractions. As demand continues to increase for Florida’s water supply, understanding how to properly manage private wells and septic systems, maximize your irrigation efficiency, best management practices for agricultural water use, and water policy is vital. Check out our resources below for more information on how to better manage your private wells and septic systems, tips on residential irrigation practices, best management practices for agricultural water use, our Water School for Central Florida policymakers or the latest in UF/IFAS research through our Water Wednesday series.