The East Central Regional Water Reclamation Facility (ECRWRF) is funded and governed by a board comprised of the representatives of the entities served by that facility, namely: the City of West Palm Beach, the City of Lake Worth, the City of Riviera Beach, the Town of Palm Beach, and Palm Beach County. The ECRWRF is licensed to function under specific guidelines by the State of Florida and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The plant is operated by Florida licensed Wastewater Plant Operators. It is currently permitted to process 64 million gallons of wastewater per day (MGD).
Wastewater generated by residential users, businesses and industry is transported to the Water Reclamation Facility via underground piping throughout the city and county. Wastewater entering a treatment plant is referred to as the INFLUENT. Influent consists of water, organic materials from toilets and kitchen disposals, and inorganic material such as sediment and industrial chemicals. The facility is designed to remove as much of the waste from the influent as possible so that the treated water (EFFLUENT) will have minimal impact on the environment when it is returned.
The Wetlands Based Water Reclamation Project is an innovative program that enables the City of West Palm Beach to reuse treated wastewater to enhance wetlands and recharge the surfacial aquifer that feeds the City water supply. The WBWRP system is supported by the South Florida Water Management District, Florida Communities Trust, the Federal and Florida Environmental Protection Agencies, and Palm Beach County. It is capable of providing high-level treatment for up to 10 MGD of treated effluent from the ECRWRF. The purpose of the Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) is the removal of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), BOD, TSS, and bacteria. Effluent from the WBWRP is pumped to nearby natural wetlands for additional treatment. These wetlands provide a habitat for a variety of native animal and plant species. Water flowing through the wetlands is naturally cleansed and filtered and recharges the surfacial aquifer.