Hopping Green & Sams represents both public and private water utilities in the regulatory, legislative, and judicial arenas. We have been involved in the development and implementation of regulatory programs impacting Florida’s water utility sector, from laws governing and incentivizing the reuse of reclaimed water, to the passage of Florida Watershed Restoration Act establishing the state’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program, to the promulgation of state and federal numeric nutrient criteria.
We represent water utilities in a multitude of permitting and planning programs that confront the water utility sector, including:
- Consumptive use permitting
- Water supply planning
- National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting
- Reuse of reclaimed water
- Land application of biosolids
- TMDL development and implementation
- Implementation of recovery and prevention strategies for minimum flows and levels
- Public Service Commission regulation of private utility rates
In addition to representing water utilities on environmental issues, we also represent private water utilities before the Public Service Commission and local economic regulators. We work with environmental, economic, financial and engineering consultants to prepare and process rate cases, applications to expand certificated territories, or filings seeking approval to become new water utility providers. Often these proceedings are vigorously contested, either by consumers or the Public Counsel. We have experience in negotiating, settling, and, when necessary, litigating, these types of cases.