Florida Senate - 2008 (Reformatted) SB 708
By Senator Saunders
A bill to be entitled
An act relating to desalination technology; providing
legislative intent; directing the Secretary of
Environmental Protection to coordinate with the water
management districts to conduct a study of certain
desalination technologies; providing study requirements;
requiring the secretary to report to the Governor and the
Legislature by a specified date; providing an effective
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. (1) LEGISLATIVE INTENT.--The Legislature finds
that desalination of seawater is a proven technology for
providing water supply solutions for countries around the world
and an increasingly cost-competitive alternative for coastal
cities within the United States. The potential success of
desalination projects would benefit the communities they directly
serve and the state as a whole by preserving existing natural
water resources and providing a practical means of ensuring
adequate supplies of water for future generations of Floridians.
Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to aggressively
pursue desalination technologies for use in the state.
(2) DESALINATION TECHNOLOGY STUDY; REPORT.--The Secretary
of Environmental Protection is directed to coordinate with the
water management districts to conduct a study examining all
current and available desalination technologies. The study shall
include an analysis of the existing desalination projects in the
state and recommendations for a plan to effectively utilize and
implement desalination technologies that are environmentally and
fiscally sound and that will provide sustainability of the
current water supply demands of the state as well as long-term
potable water supply demands based on projected population
growth. The secretary shall submit a report of the findings of
the study and plan recommendations to the Governor, the President
of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by
June 30, 2009.
Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2008.
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