Clean water for families is top priority

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to investigate recent sewer overflows that occurred throughout the state as a result of Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew. Both hurricanes resulted in sewer overflows in different regions of the state.  Governor Scott is instructing DEP to evaluate the overflows, determine the underlying causes, and work with wastewater utilities to identify solutions that will help prevent overflows in the future to ensure clean drinking water and healthy waterways.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida is famous for our pristine environment, world-class beaches and award-winning state parks. We must do all we can to protect our natural resources to ensure everyone in our state has access to clean and safe water.  That is why I am directing the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to examine the sewer overflows that occurred during Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew to see why they happened and how we can prevent them in the future. I encourage utilities across the state to work with DEP to address this important issue since we know storms will continue to impact our state.  We will continue to aggressively make sure everyone has clean water to drink and can enjoy our beautiful waterways and beaches.”

Last month, Governor Scott directed DEP Secretary Jon Steverson to issue an emergency rule that establishes new requirements for public notification of pollution incidents. This emergency rule will ensure the public, local governments and DEP are notified within 24 hours by all responsible parties following a pollution incident.




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