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Florida Water Management Inventory Details

Contact the Inventory Team

  •  850-245-4250
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    Fax

    850-487-0864
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    Mailing Address

    Bureau of Environmental Health, Water & Onsite Programs 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-08 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1710 

Project Status 

The project began in April 2014.  As of September 2016, mapping and summary reporting is complete for all Florida counties. The Final Report is also publically available.

This project collected data for 91% of the volume of DEP permitted wastewater, and 81% of the population served by DEP permitted drinking water in the state. The study results show that there are approximately 2.1-million properties with onsite wastewater systems in Florida and 680,000 properties with private drinking water wells in Florida. These numbers will be refined as this project continues to acquire and verify new data.  In December 2016 the project team initiated the next round of data gathering.

Drinking Water Sources by Property in Florida

Drinking Water Sources by Property in Florida

Wastewater Disposal Methods by Property in Florida

Wastewater Disposal Methods by Property in Florida

Data Gathering 

Requested Data Sets
Data Fields and Formats
Knowing What to Submit in Your Data Set
Submitting Your Data Set to the Project Team

Requested Data Sets

We are seeking information on property parcels and/or physical service addresses served by each Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) and Public Water System (PWS) in the state that are permitted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). We have already obtained information regarding the specific WWTF and PWS facilities from FDEP. What we do not have and what we are requesting is which property parcels and/or physical addresses are served by each permitted facility.  

It is important to note that, for the purpose of the Florida Water Management Inventory, any facility that is permitted by FDEP is considered to be “public” (i.e. Central Sewer and/or Public Water), regardless of capacity or how many parcels are served by the facility.

Geographic Information System (GIS) data are preferred.  Esri data formats are easiest for us to import, but other formats such as kml or dwg may also be provided.   Examples of the types of GIS feature layers that were previously provided are:

  • Parcel polygons with attributes for ParcelNo, physical address, wastewater method, drinking water source, WWTF ID, PWS ID
  • Potable water, central sewer or combined service address points with attributes for ParcelNo, physical address, wastewater method, drinking water source, WWTF ID, PWS ID
  • Meter location points with attributes for type of service, number of connections, active status
  • Potable water or central sewer service laterals and mains
  • Service Area or Franchise boundaries

We recognize that not all organizations will have access to GIS data sets. Accordingly, if GIS files are not available, we can also accept property parcel and/or service address information in other formats, such as:

  • Database tables from MS SQL Server, MS Access, or other database systems
  • Comma Delimited (CSV) spreadsheet files
  • The MS Excel spreadsheet template developed by the Project Team for data gathering

The Project Team requests all data in an electronic format. Regrettably, we cannot accept handwritten, photocopied, faxed, and other paper documents.

Data Fields and Formats

The following data fields are required for each property parcel and/or service address for which data is submitted:

  • Property Parcel ID / Tax ID
  • Physical Address (street number, street name, city, zip code)
  • County
  • Facility ID & Name (as permitted by FDEP) for the WWTF and/or PWS which serves the property
  • Wastewater Method (Sewer, Septic, Unknown)
  • Drinking Water Source (Public Water, Private Well, Limited Use Well, Unknown)
  • Comments (relevant to the particular property or facility to which the data refers)

Each of the fields above should be included in the data sets submitted to the Project Team, whether they are GIS files, database table extracts, or the MS Excel spreadsheet template developed by the Project Team.

Knowing What to Submit in Your Data Set

We request both Parcel ID (or Tax ID) and the service address for each property served by your facility.  The Parcel ID may be obtained from your tax bill or the local Property Appraiser’s office.  The basis of the inventory are GIS datasets of parcels received from the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR).  Every parcel has an associated parcel ID.  We match the Parcel ID provided by the utility to the Parcel ID for our GIS data as part of the import process, but we have found that this ID may be formatted differently between the Property Appraiser and DOR.  Therefore, the physical addresses are also requested.  

If the permitted WWTF or PWS facility for which you are reporting provides sewer and/or water only to one property parcel (i.e.  Mobile Home or RV Park, small commercial building, municipal park), you may respond by email, indicating that this is a Single Parcel Facility, and please include the Drinking Water source (Public, Private Well, or Limited Use Well) and the Wastewater method (Sewer or Septic).

If the facility(s) for which you are reporting serves multiple parcels, then there would be multiple corresponding records (or rows). If the facility(s) for which you are reporting serves many property parcels and/or service addresses (dozens, hundreds, or thousands), you would, most likely, be submitting a data set containing a list of all the customer addresses served by your facility(s).   We are not, however, looking for customer names or other personally identifiable information.

Submitting Your Data Set to the Project Team

All data sets are requested as digital files transmitted electronically. There are multiple options available for you to submit your data sets.   Note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this agency. Instead contact the office or individual by phone or in writing.

  • You may simply attach and email your files less than 8MB
  • You may utilize the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) MOVEit DMZ secure messaging system** for files larger than 8MB
  • You may email the Project Team the location of files available on your public Internet website
  • You may place the files on your File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site and  email the Project Team with the link and any required credentials for accessing the files
** Please email us letting us know you wish to submit large files using MOVEit DMZ secure messaging. We will generate a secure email “Package” and send it to you. Upon receipt of the email Package, you may follow the instructions in the MOVEit DMZ Handbook to quickly and easily complete the transmission.  The handbook provides step-by-step instructions for transmitting large files utilizing the secure messaging of MOVEit DMZ.

CONTACT US

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this agency. Instead contact the office or individual by phone or in writing. Email the Water and Onsite Sewage Program Inventory Team with any questions or comments.

Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files. This page also contains Excel spreadesheets.  The free Microsoft Excel viewer may be required to view these files.