Water & Wastewater Utilities Practice Area

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Hopping Green & Sams represents both public and private water utilities in the regulatory, legislative, and judicial arenas.

We understand the challenges involved in permitting and providing safe and reliable drinking water to the public. We also understand the challenges and complexities involved in the operation of domestic wastewater collection, treatment, disposal, and reuse facilities.

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We have been involved in the development and implementation of regulatory programs impacting Florida’s water and wastewater utility sector, from laws creating novel regulatory incentives for utilities that reuse reclaimed water, to the passage of the Florida Watershed Restoration Act, to the promulgation of state 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
  • Total Maximum Daily Load development and implementation
  • Implementation of recovery and prevention strategies for minimum flows and levels
  • Public Service Commission regulation of private utility rates

Hopping Green & Sams is also a leading voice in Florida on the regulatory programs that impact water and wastewater utilities. We have represented the Florida Water Environment Association Utility Council for decades, and this representation has put us at the forefront of the adoption and implementation of effective wastewater legislation and regulations at the Federal, State, and regional levels. We also work with water and wastewater utilities at the local level, as they navigate the intersection of environmental laws and the provision of essential public services.

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