People & Water

In Florida, more than 92% of the population relies on groundwater for their everyday needs. This freshwater is often out of sight in the aquifer beneath our feet. Cave divers have access to this hidden world of winding limestone tunnels, but this freshwater also emerges at more than 1,000 springs in the Sunshine State. These springs are 72 degrees F year round—warm and steaming in the brief, but chilly, north Florida winter and a popular respite from summer's sweltering heat and humidity.