One of the primary uses for recycled water is to irrigate the plants that make landscaping beautiful and the crops that feed us.
Here are a few of the larger irrigation reuse projects in Florida.
- City of Orlando/Orange County – For the past 24 years, Orlando and Orange County have engaged in an innovative partnership to provide recycled water to more than 10,000 acres of citrus groves, nurseries, tree farms, ferneries and the Orange County National Golf Center. Water Conserv II, the largest reuse project of its kind, also combines agricultural irrigation with aquifer recharge via rapid infiltration basins.
- Loxahatchee River District – Began its reuse program, known as Irrigation Quality – or IQ – in 1983. The 100 percent reuse system serves residential communities, golf courses and recreational facilities with more than 7 million gallons per day of recycled water through 30 miles of force mains.
- Pompano Beach – The city’s OASIS (Our Alternative Supply Irrigation System) provides opt-in customers with 2 million gallons of recycled water per day for irrigation. The city commission passed an ordinance in July 2011 allowing customers to connect to the purple pipes with no upfront fees and a long-term repayment plan through slightly higher rates. OASIS can handle up to 7.5 million gallons per day with the ability to expand capacity to 12 million gallons per day.
- Hillsborough County – The South Hillsborough Area Reuse Exchange, or “SHARE,” project will connect Hillsborough County’s South/Central reclaimed water system to the City of Tampa’s reclaimed water system. As part of the project, a transmission main, two 5-million-gallon reclaimed storage tanks and high service pump station are proposed to be constructed to receive reclaimed water from Tampa.