Water Environment Federation (WEF)

Innovative Technology to Implement a Reuse Water Program

The city of Fort Myers has a population of approximately 58,000 and is located in Lee County, Florida. Over the last couple of years the city has experienced one of the highest growth rates in the country. The rapid increase in population in southwest Florida has stressed the available yield of the existing fresh water aquifers. Spurred by its involvement in the regional irrigation distribution system (RIDS) study, Fort Myers is looking for alternatives to make better use of its available water resources. One of the key components of the program is the reuse of wastewater for irrigation purposes. In accordance with Florida Department of the Environment (FDEP) regulations, tertiary treated wastewater can be used for irrigation of private and public facilities. For this purpose the treated wastewater has to pass through additional filters and chlorination before distribution.

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