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Council Approves Project to Expand Reclaimed Water Service

Post Date:01/23/2019 1:50 PM

On January 23, the Melbourne City Council approved a project to expand reclaimed water service along Avocado Avenue.

The scope of work consists of constructing a new eight-inch diameter PVC reclaimed water main on Avocado Avenue, extending from an existing reuse main dead-end located just east of the Preserve at Lake Washington subdivision southward to the cemetery at the Avocado Avenue-Masterson Street intersection. 

As part of the project, reclaimed water service will be provided to the cemetery and nearby Carver Park, which are presently irrigated with well water. Switching to reclaimed water will provide a more reliable, steady source of irrigation for these two large green spaces, and will help recycle more than 600,000 gallons of reclaimed water a month. Reclaimed water will also be available to any of the businesses along Avocado Avenue who wish to connect to the service. 

Maxwell Contracting Inc. of Cocoa was awarded the contract to construct the reclaimed water main for a total cost of $247,929. The project is expected to begin in February and to be completed by the fall of 2019.

About Reclaimed Water

Reclaimed water is domestic wastewater that receives advanced treatment, filtration and high-level disinfection processes so the water can be safely recycled and distributed back into to the community. In the City of Melbourne, reclaimed water is used for lawn and landscape irrigation, filling decorative ponds and fountains, and construction site dust control.

The City of Melbourne currently reclaims about 2.2 million gallons a day or 30% of all collected wastewater. Current customers include both City golf courses (Crane Creek Reserve and Mallards Landing), Orlando-Melbourne International Airport, five local parks, two high schools and more than 1,000 commercial and single-family properties.

Though there are some initial fees to connect, residential customers can save an average of $30-$56 on their monthly water bills by switching their irrigation systems from potable water to reclaimed water. The connection fee for reclaimed water can also be less than the cost of putting in a new groundwater well, and no irrigation pump is needed. Reclaimed water has no odor and does not leave rust stains on driveways, sides of houses or sidewalks.

For More Information

Map showing location of reclaim watermain project on Avocado Avenue.


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