Sept. 30, 2014
~Grant supports alternative water source project~
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is awarding the city of Palm Coast a grant of $375,000 for water treatment process equipment as part of the city’s ongoing multi-million dollar, five-year capital improvement program. The equipment is manufactured in Brevard County; therefore, this investment remains in Florida.
“Protecting and improving Florida’s water quality and quantity is one of my top priorities,” said DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. “This project will improve the water quality and also allow for significant amount of water to be recovered daily as an alternative water source.”
“The city and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection have provided joint funding for this excellent example of development of an alternative water source project,” said Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon. “We appreciate the state of Florida’s support for this important water treatment project.”
Currently, the city is unable to meet discharge limits for iron in its current permit. This investment will help Palm Coast achieve regulatory compliance with the department’s water quality standards. The installation of a filtration system with the adjustment of the pH will help reduce the amount of iron to regulatory limits. The oxidization system will allow for 750,000 gallons per day of water to be recovered as alternative source water and ensures that the finished water supply meets DEP color compliance.
This project is part of a $62-million capital improvement program passed through resolution by the city in 2013. The five-year plan includes a variety of projects that renew or replace existing aging infrastructure, upgrade treatment processes to meet new regulations or accommodate growth as the economy returns to normal. The financial assistance provided by the DEP will help to reduce this burden to its rate payers.
For more information on the city of Palm Coast’s Capital Improvement Plan, click here.