Clearwater Expands Reclaimed Water System
October 11, 2011
Additional Lines Will Add 300 Customers
More than 300 residential water customers in the Clearwater Harbor area will have access to reclaimed water when a pipe installation project now under way is complete in 2012.
With funding assistance from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the City of Clearwater is adding more than 34,000 feet of reclaimed water pipes to the area. The project will provide capacity for nearly 200,000 gallons of reclaimed water per day to the community, which could reduce the use of drinking water for irrigation by 100,000 gallons per day. The project will also provide more than 10,000 gallons of reclaimed water per day to commercial customers and a four-acre city park.
Reclaimed water is highly treated wastewater and can be used for irrigation and other uses to extend water supplies. Reclaimed water costs less than drinking water and when used for irrigation, reduces fertilizer use, as some nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, remain. Using reclaimed water reduces stress on drinking water supplies and reduces disposal into waterways, which can help reduce nutrient loads in bays and rivers.
The $2.2 million project connects these new customers to the city’s existing reclaimed water system. In addition to the initial customers, the project has the capacity to connect another 150 customers later. The District’s Pinellas-Anclote River Basin Board provided $1.1 million for the project.