Collection & Treatment
More than 39,000 connections are served by Melbourne's wastewater
utility system. The service area covers approximately 45 square miles. Service is provided primarily within the incorporated city limits of Melbourne.
The City operates two regional wastewater treatment plants
located in the north and south sections of Melbourne. The David
B. Lee Water Reclamation Facility is the north wastewater facility with a
permitted treatment capacity of 6.0 million gallons per day. The south wastewater
treatment facility is known as the Grant Street
Water Reclamation Facility and has a permitted treatment capacity of 5.5 million gallons
Both plants are designed to provide a minimum of secondary treatment. Effluent
disposal is accomplished through a combination of deep well injection and reclaimed water
distribution. Domestic wastewater residuals, more commonly known as sludge, is
biologically and then chemically stabilized with lime. The sludge is then safe for land
application. It is spread on locally available pasture land.
A multi-year phased program is well underway to improve
the quantity and quality of wastewater treatment at both facilities, also providing
increased reuse production capability.
Wastewater system customers are served by
314 miles of
collection lines and 85 lift stations.
The D.B. Lee collection system is primarily a force
main system. Most of the wastewater flows by gravity from homes and businesses to lift
stations. The lift stations then pump the wastewater to the treatment plant. The Grant
Street collection system is largely a gravity system. Large gravity mains convey the
wastewater to a master lift station located at the treatment plant.
For more information contact the Environmental Community
Outreach Manager at (321) 953-6302 or e-mail questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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