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Water Supply Alternatives for Southwest Florida
A critical analysis of proposed water supply alternatives for Southwest Florida.
# 120068 | 2,494 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper is a critical analysis of the solutions proposed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the Tampa Bay Water Authority to solve southwest Florida's water supply problems. More specifically, it seeks to the issue of cost-effective strategies to be utilized in southwest Florida to overcome the current water shortage, while minimizing impacts to water bodies and supporting future economic and population growth. The paper lists what a viable alternative must protect in terms of wild life and the environment, citing the World Bank's policy of minimum social impact. The proposed alternatives for increasing Southwestern Florida's water supply are described in depth followed by an analysis of the possibility of implementing them successfully. "Best Management Practices" are used in this evaluation process. The paper concludes that by using the "Best Management Practices" and forging relationships with legislators and other state government, Florida has the potential to resolve its water problems.

Description of Alternatives
Evaluation of Alternatives

From the Paper:

"Two alternatives were evaluated using the established criteria. The construction of the Big Bend desalination plant in Tampa Bay, Florida, is one option that has been proposed for addressing water supply issues. The plant would use cooling water from a power plant-- which generates power for the process-- and turn salty ocean water to water fit for drinking and agricultural uses. If the plant is able to utilize new membrane technology to remove dissolved solids, the plant will supply 25 million gallons of water per day to the south Florida region and account for 10% of the total water supply by 2008 (Tampa Bay Desalination Plant, 2003). The Big Bend desalination plant was originally scheduled to being operating by December 31, 2002 but construction has been behind schedule. New estimates indicate operation by the end of summer 2003. S & W Water designed, built, owns, and will operate the facility. Water will then be sold to Tampa Bay Water for under $2.50 per thousand gallons over a 30year period."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cummings, R., Dinar, A., & Olson, D. (1996). New evaluation procedures for a new generation of water-related projects. Washington, D.C.: World Bank.
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection. (2002). Florida water plan: 2001 annual progress report. Tallahassee, FL.
  • Mountford, D. & Pesso, C. (2000). Achieving sustainable urban development: From brownsfields to environmental management. UNEP Industry and Environment, 23(1), 1821.
  • Nebel, B.J. & Wright, R.T. (1996). Environmental science: The way the world works. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Princeton Hall.
  • Prasifka, D.W. (1988). Current trends in water supply planning: Issues, concepts, and risks. New York, NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.

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