City Water Conservation Project Honored

March 30, 2007 – An innovative City of West Palm Beach water project has been recognized with a prestigious conservation award. The Wetlands-Based Water Reclamation Project, which allows highly-treated wastewater to be used to restore environmentally-sensitive wetlands, has been honored with the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA) David W. York Reuse Award.

“This is a great honor for this one-of-a-kind project,” said Assistant City Administrator Ken Rearden. “Our City is being recognized as a leader in the effort to conserve water and protect the environment.” The City will accept the award at the Florida Water Resources Conference on April 17, 2007, in Orlando, Florida.

The Wetlands-Based Water Reclamation project uses groundbreaking methods to treat up to ten millions gallons of wastewater a day to a high level, allowing it to be discharged on to wetlands. Millions of gallons of water that would otherwise be lost instead helps recharge, replenish, and rehydrate those environmentally-sensitive areas. Discharging the water on to wetlands allows the City to be able to draw more of its drinking water from underground sources, reducing the City’s dependency on surface water and improving the taste and quality of the City’s water supply.

The reclamation project has previously been honored with an Engineering Excellence Award by the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers. It has also drawn interest from municipalities across the state that are seeking to create similar water conservation projects.

FWEA’s mission is to protect Florida’s clean water environment by serving, supporting and uniting water quality professionals through public education professional development, and promotion of sound public policy.

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West Palm Beach Public Information Officer @
(561) 822-1433 / 822-1411 or webpio@wpb.org