Reclaimed water offers a variety of benefits to City residents and the environment:
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Water, like used motor oil, newspaper, plastic and aluminum cans, can be recycled. Reclaimed water is treated wastewater from local utility systems. The City of Stuart filters and treats reclaimed water with a high level of chlorine disinfection. This allows reclaimed water to be readily available for non-potable uses such as commercial and private landscape irrigation purposes.
Current Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) regulatory mechanisms are effective in encouraging and promoting water reuse. There has been a significant increase of reclaimed water usage the last ten years, and this reuse water has been an important component of water resources and wastewater management in the State of Florida.
Reclaimed water conserves drinking water normally used for irrigation in an environmentally economic manner. The State of Florida has adopted policies that recognize water reuse as an integral part of the comprehensive water management program. Water reclamation offers a valuable alternative water resource not requiring potable drinking water applications.
The use of reclaimed water in a non-potable application helps to ensure a long-term reliable water source even during times of drought. The City of Stuart, like other South Florida communities, are faced with the problem of a diminishing fresh water supply. Water restrictions are affecting the quality of life of every South Florida resident. Water reclamation is an important component of an effective water conservation program.
To protect the quality of valuable water resources, the City continues to make a conscious and continuous effort to protect the quality of water here in the City. With this in mind, the City's Wastewater Treatment Facility has been redesigned and constructed with advanced and sophisticated engineering to limit the amount of effluent to deep injection points, transforming it into a Water Reclamation Facility.
Reclaimed water undergoes a strict 24 hour a day monitoring process 365 days a year. Stringent water standards are set forth by the State of Florida. No health related problems have been associated with reclaimed water throughout the City. However, reclaimed water is not intended for human or animal use, it poses no threat to accidental contact.
Uses of reclaimed water include:
In Florida, up to 50% of a community's drinking water is used for irrigation. Much of this irrigation could be replaced with reclaimed water. In order to conserve our water supply, the City of Stuart intends to maximize the use of reclaimed water, allowing the community to grow while minimizing or even reducing the impact on water resources.
The City's Water Reclamation Facility provides reclaimed water for specific areas of Stuart and intends to expand its availability in the future.
If you have any questions regarding the use of reclaimed water, please contact City of Stuart Customer Service at 772-288-5317 or access Florida Department of Environmental Protection's website.