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Drinking plenty of water is crucial to maintaining a healthy life.  Even though we can survive a month without food, the human body cannot function more than a week without water.  Drinking from the tap is an environmentally winning strategy and one of the easiest ways to green your routine. Fort Lauderdale’s water tastes great, provides you with essential minerals, and meets all Environmental Protection Agency standards. When you drink from the tap using a refillable container, such as a glass, you are reducing waste associated with plastic bottles, and eliminating energy and fuel waste associated with manufacturing, transportation and refrigeration. Even better: water from the tap is a lot less expensive than the bottled kind.

Why Tap Water?

A lot of bottled water is simply repackaged tap water, so you might as well go directly to the source, and the packaging itself (all that plastic and cardboard and pallets) is a waste disposal nightmare. But even aside from the packaging, bottling water is a drain on our water supply and energy grid, as well as harmful to our atmosphere. According to TapIt, a New York City-based national water bottle refilling network, 36 ounces of water is needed to produce one 12-ounce plastic water bottle, and bottling water produces 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide yearly.

Our City's Water Provision System 

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Next time you reach for a cool glass of water that came from your tap, you should be pleased to know that your City’s water goes through an extensive treatment process for cleanliness before it is delivered to your home. The City of Fort Lauderdale obtains its water from wells that draw from the Biscayne Aquifer.  This water is then pumped to local plants where it undergoes a series of treatments before it is delivered to homes and businesses through an extensive underground piping system. 

You can get more information on our city's water by exploring these links:

Try this additional resource to learn about water quality:

WEF logoThe Water Environment Federation is a not-for-profit "technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world." Fort Lauderdale staff participates in WEF communications, education and programs.

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