The efficiency of a wastewater management system is particularly crucial in places facing water shortages, as many locations in the region currently are. South Florida Water Management has highly rigid water quality standards, with over 75 waste- water treatment facilities and 1,1OO testing sites in the seven- county region. Wastewater treatment is still a highly energy intensive practice, and much of the filtered waste is simply dis- carded. Whenever possible, treatment facilities should attempt to waste products productively. Wastes can be integrated into constructed wetlands, which filter out microorganisms and excess pollutants.