What is reclaimed water? Reclaimed water is wastewater (sewage) that has undergone primary, secondary and tertiary treatment. This process meets strict water quality requirements established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) under RULE 62-610 Part III. To have an approved reclaimed water program the utilities must have in place an approved backflow prevention plan and an approved Industrial pretreatment Program.
South Florida residents are very aware of recent restrictions placed on watering imposed by the South Florida Water Management District. These imposed restrictions have resulted in reduced lawn watering, sod and plant losses and higher costs for water. Future restrictions could impose even tighter limits. Reclaimed water has become a valuable resource and an alternative to using drinking water supplies. Reuse feasibility is now required for all Seacoast projects.
Seacoast’s reclaimed water system by design has limited access and limited capacity. To achieve the highest benefit from a disposal perspective, distribution lines were installed to serve larger users such as golf courses and properties with large common areas such as condominiums. Access to reclaimed water is limited to those areas as shown on the reclaimed distribution map. Reclaimed water mains can be distinguished by their Pantone Purple color. Color coding is required to ensure potable and reclaimed water line are not interconnected.
A list of Seacoast reclaimed customers and daily allocations are also provided. All points of service are metered and allocations are tightly controlled. For major users flow rate, daily allotments and storage pond levels are monitored with radio telemetry. These systems can be remotely accessed from computers to facilitate reclaimed water delivery and use.