The District has four (4) freshwater wellfields providing raw water to a lime softening plant and two (2) brackish water wellfields providing raw water to a reverse osmosis plant.
Wellfield #1 consists of 24 wells located in the residential area surrounding the Selma Avenue facilities. These shallow wells, ranging in depth from 27 to 32 feet were constructed in the early 1960’s. Water from this field is collected and transmitted by a 10” raw water transmission line.
Wellfield #2 consists of 18 wells at depths of 72 to 92 feet. The field is located off North Oxford Drive, not far from the Englewood Sports Complex. The proposed Pine Street Extension which, would have traversed this field, has been halted. EWD will monitor any future plans to complete the Pine Street extension and ensure that measures are taken to protect the integrity of this wellfield. Water from this field is collected and transmitted by a 10” raw water transmission line.
Wellfield #3 consists of 16 wells at depths of 65 to 90 feet and is located off Keyway Road. The easement for this narrow strip of property was transferred to the District in 1978. Water from this field is collected and transmitted by a16” raw water transmission line.
These fifty-eight (58) wells are capable of producing 3 million gallons per day. However the water use permit issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District restricts withdrawal to a maximum of 1.25 million gallons daily, or an annual average of 2.55 million gallons on a peak day.
The District also operates two (2) brackish water wellfields which penetrate the Upper Hawthorne and Floridan Aquifers and provide raw water to the reverse osmosis plant.
Wellfield #4 consists of 9 wells at depths of 260 to 450 feet located at the Selma Avenue complex. These brackish water wells are capable of producing 4.25 million gallons per day.
Wellfield #2-R/O consists of 8 wells installed within and under freshwater Wellfield #2, at depths of 260 to 450 feet. These wells are identical and serve as additional capacity and back-up for the reverse osmosis system. An interesting feature and added benefit of these wells is their potential to prevent saltwater intrusion in the freshwater wellfield #2, should it ever occur.
Wellfield #5 – consists of 8 shallow wells at the depths of 100 to 150 feet located in the vicinity of the Englewood Elks Lodge and Artist Avenue. These are the newest wells to be added to our system.