Where Our Water Comes From
Seminole County has 31 wells that are drilled between 400 and 1000 feet down into the Floridan Aquifer. The Floridan Aquifer provides high quality water that requires little treatment. This keeps your water bill low.
The fresh water in the Floridan Aquifer started accumulating during the last Ice Age. The water you are drinking may be up to 26,000 years old! The aquifer is constantly being replenished by water from rainfall and lakes seeping into the ground. In other areas, groundwater discharges into springs and rivers. This is all part of the Water Cycle. It also discharges into our wells where it is pumped through the distribution system to your house.
There are over 1000 permitted wells in Seminole County. This number does not include small private wells for homes, golf courses, agriculture, livestock watering, etc. that are too small to be permitted.
Will we start pulling more water out of the Floridan Aquifer than nature is putting in? What would happen? Will we run out of water?
The Floridan Aquifer won't run out of water. In some areas it is 2,000 feet deep. But we have a realistic probability of impacting the aquifer, and impacting those who depend on the aquifer.
The Dangers of Taking Too Much Water
Impacts to Lakes, Springs, and Wetlands
Who depends on lakes, springs, and wetlands?
Are you on this list?
There are countless plants and animals that depend on lakes, wetlands, and springs; from amoebas to alligators, from cinnamon ferns to cypress trees.
What special Florida mammal is dependent on springs? The manatee won't be able to survive without spring water to stay warm in the winter.
What else could happen if we pull out more groundwater than nature is putting in?
Decreased Water Quality
Alternative Water Source
Impacts to Our Valuable Natural Resources
Property Damage from Sinkholes
Degraded Groundwater Quality
Expensive Water Bills
Is there an alternative????
Water conservation is the easiest and most inexpensive way to address water shortages. Water conservation can be as simple as developing the habit of using a little less every time you use water. If we each save a little, we all save a lot. Our Water Conservation web pages are packed with water saving ideas.