April 25, 2022
Florida Phosphate: Committed to Water Conservation
From our springs to our unique wetlands and beaches, Florida’s environment is special. Florida’s phosphate producers are working to protect our natural resources and habitats for future generations.
It’s Essential: Water is an essential part of our environment that makes life in the Sunshine State possible. Every living thing needs water, and It’s essential to phosphate manufacturing, food security, our communities — and the delicate ecosystems that support them.
Water is a finite natural resource. In fact, despite the fact that it covers 71% of Earth’s surface, only 2.5% of all water is “fresh,” not salty. That’s why Florida’s phosphate producers are doing more to use less water.
The value of water: When you purchase water, it comes at a price — but that price tells us very little about its actual value. Water — like phosphate — helps America’s farmers put food on our tables. It also helps improve nutrition and supports a strong economy. The importance of water means that the phosphate industry must carefully manage the water it uses — and recycle as much of it as possible.
Are you using less water? Florida’s Phosphate producers are using less water than ever before. By 2025, phosphate products made in the Sunshine State will be made with 20% less water than is used today. Improved water reuse practices are expected to recycle 95% of water used in phosphate operations
The takeaway: The Phosphate Innovation Initiative’s water sustainability efforts support continuous improvement and a clear focus on responsibly managing water. By reducing water use and becoming more efficient, we can better support Florida’s environment and everything that it offers residents and visitors alike.
Together, we can use less and recycle more water than ever before.