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Reclaimed water is highly
treated wastewater effluent that has been treated, filtered, and
disinfected. Reclaimed water is ideal for many non-drinking water
applications such as landscape and agricultural irrigation, dust
control, industrial cooling, and groundwater recharge.
water is beneficial in several ways. It provides an
environmentally-sound means of effluent disposal and its application
can take the place of non-essential uses of drinking water. More
than 50% of our overall water use is for non-drinking purposes.
The use of reclaimed water can help conserve our valuable drinking water supplies.
Melbourne has committed to the conservation
and preservation of our water resources by investing in the
construction and expansion of the reclaimed water system utility.
Melbourne has been operating its reclaimed water system
for more than 23 years and currently distributes between 30 and 40 percent of its
total daily wastewater treatment plant flow to its reclaimed water
customers. The City has tentative plans to distribute 50 percent by
Two City Plants
Produce 2.5 Million Gallons Per Day
The D.B. Lee Water Reclamation Facility, which is located off Sarno Road, has a reclaimed water production capacity of 4.0 million gallons per day. The
Grant Street Water Reclamation
Facility, located in the southern portion of the
city, has 2.0 million gallons per day of reuse production capacity.
The reuse distribution system serves a variety of municipal,
residential, and commercial customers throughout Melbourne.
Approximately 25 miles of reuse mains distribute reuse to City
parks, roadway medians, the operational areas of the Melbourne
International Airport, the Mallardís Landing Golf Course, and the
Crane Creek Reserve Golf Course. In addition, more than 800
commercial and residential customers are served by the reclaimed
Over the past decade the City has
invested approximately $8 million in production capacities at the two water reclamation facilities, as well as approximately $3
million in distribution system improvements. The City will continue
to work to improve both production and distribution facilities over
the next 10 years with tentative plans to expand the distribution
network to the following areas: Lipscomb Park, Southwest Regional
Park, Florida Institute of Technology, and the Melbourne Square
water, reclaimed water also must undergo extensive testing by
laboratory technicians to ensure the quality of this recycled
Pictured below are areas in Melbourne irrigated with reclaimed water.
IRRIGATION HOURS: There are
currently no watering restrictions on reclaimed water supplied
by the City of Melbourne regarding the days and times that the recycled water can be used for irrigation.