Innovations in Reclaimed Water

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Innovative treatment technologies, like microfiltration, reverse osmosis and UV disinfection, have been developed that can treat water in any form to the highest standards. Advances are such that any level of water quality can be achieved depending upon the end use.

Communities that use these advanced systems are producing and using reclaimed water in agricultural, groundwater recharge, wetland restoration, indirect potable and even direct potable projects. 

Orange County, CA, Groundwater Replenishment Project

The system takes highly treated wastewater that would have previously been discharged into the Pacific Ocean and purifies it using a three-step advanced treatment process consisting of microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light with hydrogen peroxide. The process produces high-quality water that meets or exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards.

Altamonte Springs, FL, pureAlta

The City of Altamonte Springs is conducting a pilot project aimed at meeting its future water needs and the challenges brought on by continued growth, shrinking groundwater supplies and the potential of drought. The project, called pureALTA, is taking reclaimed water and treating it to meet or exceed all drinking water quality standards without using expensive, energy-consuming reverse osmosis. The project is being done in partnership with the St. Johns River Water Management District, and is currently in the testing phase through October 2018.

Tampa Electric’s Polk Power Station Reclaimed Water Project

To accommodate a planned expansion at the Polk Power Station, Tampa Electric forged creative regional partnerships with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Polk County and the cities of Lakeland and Mulberry. The company designed and built an innovative reclaimed water-treatment project that has dramatic environmental benefits.

Clearwater, FL, Groundwater Replenishment Project

The Clearwater Groundwater Replenishment Project purifies reclaimed water to a quality that is better than bottled water and recharges the aquifer using that purified recycled water. This process is safe and is used throughout the country and the world. The goal is to replenish the aquifer and provide a new local water supply that protects the ecosystem and environment. It also will ensure the sustainability of high-quality drinking water to meet current and future needs of the community.

For More Information

For general questions about using reclaimed water and to find out how you can get connected:

  • 321-608-5120
  • leigh.mcdonald@mlbfl.org
    DO NOT call this number to report a water emergency/leak or for billing questions. Report water emergencies/leaks to 321-608-5130. For billing questions, call Utility Billing: 321-608-7100