ASR-MAR Workgroup Webinar

The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) ASR/MAR Workgroup is presenting a free webinar. Joe Haberfeld, P.G., of the Florida Department on Environmental Protection (DEP), will be discussing Aquifer Storage and Recovery and Aquifer Recharge Wells in Florida.

As one of the nation’s fastest growing states since 1950, Florida has a need to carefully manage its water resources. Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) and aquifer recharge wells have been used in the state to augment and preserve water used for public supply. ASR has been in use since the 1980s while aquifer recharge using injection wells has been limited; however, the number of recharge projects being planned is increasing. Benefits of using ASR wells include extending freshwater supplies; reducing the use of existing water supply wellfields; reducing the cost to supply water; and increasing or enhancing drought protection. These benefits also apply to aquifer recharge wells, but recharge wells are intended to affect a larger area by improving water quality in a region and restoring water levels in aquifers affected by years of pumping for water supply. The success of these projects is dependent on many factors, including the hydrogeology of the project area, the economics of the project, the need for the water that is stored in ASR wells, the reliability and consistency by which the projects are operated. Potable water, reclaimed water, groundwater, and surface water sources are used and proposed for present and future projects. Several facilities will be highlighted as examples of the types of projects located in Florida. Evaluation methods used by DEP for the success of projects will also be presented.