Rehydration and Recharge
Many reuse projects are done at a smaller scale – typically no more than a few million gallons each day. However, there are some larger reuse projects underway in the state, including one that provides water for an entire tourist resort in the Orlando area.
- Palm Beach County – Approximately 100 million gallons per day of recycled water is sent to the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. The county has also constructed a second wetland, Green Cay, which will allow them to recycle another 2-3 million gallons per day. These projects not only augment fresh water supplies, they also create wildlife habitats and much-needed green space.
- Reedy Creek Improvement District – The utility serves Walt Disney World and its surrounding grounds – including five golf courses, landscaping at five hotels, medians, a tree farm and a water park – with 5 million gallons per day of recycled water for irrigation. Additionally, 85 rapid filtration basins use 6 million gallons per day to recharge groundwater supplies.
- Hillsborough County – SHARP, partially funded by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, will not only increase the ability to provide recycled water to customers, but also reduce saltwater intrusion into drinking water. It will decrease nutrient loading in Tampa Bay and enhance the environmental health of the Sidney Dover Trails.