Clearwater Project Designed to Replenish Groundwater
Clearwater has an informational meeting scheduled Tuesday (Nov. 15) to explain the $33-million project.
CLEARWATER – Officials here say they are working to ensure the future water supply by using groundwater replenishment.
Groundwater replenishment is a two-step process that purifies reclaimed water to better-than-drinking-water standards and recharges the aquifer using that purified water. This process is safe and is used throughout the country and the world.
After years of thorough analysis and testing, the city is moving forward with the design and permitting phase of the Clearwater groundwater replenishment project. That project includes construction of an advanced water purification plant at the northeast water reclamation facility. The plant will have the capacity to produce up to 3 million gallons of purified water every day.
Current project costs are estimated to be about about $33 million. This project is cooperatively funded by the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the city of Clearwater. Construction is expected to begin in 2017.
The goal is to replenish the aquifer and provide a new local water supply that protects the ecosystem and environment. It also will ensure the sustainability of high-quality drinking water to meet current and future needs of the community.
The public is invited to learn more about this project by attending an informational open house. There will be educational stations and staff from the city and SWIFTMUD available to explain the project and answer questions.
The informational session is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 15) at the Countryside Library, 2642 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. Two additional public meetings are being planned for March 2017.
For information about the project, go to myclearwater.com.
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