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It’s Water Reuse Week! Get to Know the Benefits of Reclaimed Water

Post Date:05/20/2019 9:23 AM

The City of Melbourne is joining with the St. Johns River Water Management District in encouraging all residents to learn more about the benefits of using reclaimed water during Florida Water Reuse Week (May 19-25). 

“Florida is proud to lead the nation in water reuse, long ago recognizing reclaimed water as a way to conserve traditional freshwater supplies,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board Secretary Charles Drake. Since Florida utilities began using reclaimed water in the 1970s, it has become a major component of water resource management by local governments and utilities within the state.

Since 2007, the state of Florida, the Department of Environmental Protection, water management districts, water utilities, local governments and water-related organizations have declared the third week in May as Florida Water Reuse Week to promote and encourage efficient use of 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.

Currently, there are 140 reuse systems in the district that use more than 223 million gallons per day. The City of Melbourne alone reclaims about 2.2 million gallons a day or 30% of all collected wastewater.

Though there are some initial fees to connect to the City of Melbourne’s reclaimed service, 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.

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 Reclaimed water distribution pipes.

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