Privatization of Reclaimed Water (HB 639 Representative Young): This bill excludes reclaimed water from being managed as waters of the state. It removes a slice of the water pie from the public domain, putting it under the sole discretion of a utility. When this water is needed for other uses such as in times of a drought, it would not be available. Environmental groups have met repeatedly with the bill sponsor Representative Young to try to amend the bill. Another meeting with the environmental lobbyists is scheduled for Monday. Your letters and phone calls are needed to remind Representative Young that she works for all Floridians, not just the City of Tampa. Please let her know that you do not want a slice of the public water pie removed and given to utilities. Water belongs to all of us. See previous alerts for more information.