WATER RECLAMATION FACILITY
The Paul J. Phillips Water Reclamation Facility was dedicated November 17, 2005, and named for a former, long-time Board of Supervisors member. Mr. Phillips was instrumental in the conception and implementation of the Septic Tank Abandonment Program, and the construction of the WRF (Water Reclamation Facility.) The Water Reclamation Facility is committed to 100% recycling of biosolids and reclaimed water.
The WRF is a 4.2 MGD plant. The administration/motor control center building was constructed to withstand a Class 5 Hurricane.
Wastewater is collected and pumped to the 160 acre treatment facility property on Telman Road in Charlotte County. The U. S. Filter/Davco treatment plant is an extended aeration plant. The plant is designed to produce effluent that meets or exceeds all State and Federal reclaimed water requirements.
Since 1996, and under the supervision of EWD operators, the WRF has produced an effluent that meets or exceeds all EPA Primary Drinking Water Standards, and with the exception of TDS (total dissolved solids), color and odor, meets or exceeds all Secondary Drinking Water Standards.
The EPA Primary Drinking Water Standards are required for the future ASR (aquifer storage/recovery well).
EXTENDED AERATION – the raw wastewater mixes with bacteria in the extended aeration process. The biological growth in the aeration process treats the water. Solids are returned to the aeration tank to treat incoming raw influent. The treated effluent, or clear portion, then goes through an Aqua Disk Membrane Filter, or an activated carbon, sand and media filter. The filtered effluent is chlorinated in a chlorine contact chamber. After disinfection has occurred, the water is pumped to reclaimed water customers or the aquifer storage recovery well for future sale as reclaimed water.
During high rain events, the reclaimed water may go to the Deep Injection Well.
BIOSOLIDS – the biosolids are pumped from the wastewater treatment plant to the centrifuge and de-watered. With the application of polymer, the centrifuge is capable of removing 98% of the liquid from the biosolids. The biosolids are trucked to the Charlotte County Bio-Recycling Center Complex in Punta Gorda,, FL for further advanced treatment. The liquid portion or centrate is pumped back to the plant for re-processing.
EWD produces an average 18% solids sludge cake. The composting process naturally produces a DEP Class AA product. The DEP Class AA product is used on golf courses, farms, in parks and playgrounds, on streed medians, and in mine reclamation horticulture.