Works & Utilities
Supply and Distribution
The average daily water demand for the City's system is approximately
15.2 million gallons per day, with a maximum demand flow rate of 19 million gallons per
day and a maximum peak hourly demand of approximately 24.1 million gallons per day.
These demand conditions are met by two water treatment facilities with two ground
storage tanks, five elevated storage tanks, and three booster pump stations with on-site storage
water quality continues to exceed the standards set forth by both
the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department of Environmental
Melbourne's water has fluoride added, which meets the optimum fluoride level
guidelines as required by law.
Two Plants Meet Customers' Water
The City's two water treatment facilities include the John A. Buckley
Surface Water Treatment Plant and the
Mullins Reverse Osmosis
(R/O) Treatment Facility.
The permitted peak capacity of the surface WTP is
20.0 MGD. The capacity of the R/O plant is 6.5 MGD when 1.5 MGD of raw well water is blended
with R/O product water. As a result, the total drinking water capacity now available is
26.5 MGD. Currently, the average daily demand is being met through the
production and blending of 11.4 MGD of water from the surface WTP and 3.8 MGD of water from the R/O
Floridan Aquifer Provides
The Joe Mullins Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment
Plant was put into operation in 1995 with a 6.5 MGD
capacity and a 4.0 million gallon ground water storage tank. The R/O WTP's raw water
supply is obtained from three Floridan Aquifer
wells at close to 850 feet underground. Each yields approximately 3.1 million gallons per
Lake Washington Provides Surface
Water treated at the
John A. Buckley Surface Water Treatment Plant
is pumped from the
Lake Washington Surface Water Treatment Plant,
which is the third uppermost of the naturally connected upper St.
Johns River lakes. The lake is one of the few surface water supplies
of drinking water in Florida.
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