Reclaimed water has been shut off to the public four times in the last week due to low water levels at the Water Reclamation Facility. Even with the reclaimed water restrictions beginning on April 18th, the demand of our customers has exceeded our production capacity. Reclaimed water is produced from sanitary sewer flows sent to the treatment plant. Once produced, reclaimed water is stored in tanks and pumped into the reclaimed pipelines and ultimately to our customers. When the tanks reach a dangerously low level, the pumps must be shut off to avoid significant damage to the equipment. Influent sewer flows to the treatment plant are currently at lower than normal levels. Couple the low flows into the treatment plant with high demand and we simply cannot keep up with demand.
Reclaimed water is highly treated wastewater sent through a separate set of pipelines to be used by customers for irrigation. In Port Orange, sewage from homes and business is collected and pumped to the Dwayne Huffman Water Reclamation Facility on Oak Street. There, the sewage is screened to remove inorganic debris. The sewage is then sent to a series of tanks where bacteria consume the organic content of the water. Afterwards, the water is sent to settling tanks called clarifiers. Settling allows the biomass (bacteria full of organics) to separate from the water leaving clear water (clarified water) behind.
The clarified water then flows through sand filters to remove fine particles. The water is then disinfected. The water is then termed 'reclaimed water'.
Once processed, reclaimed water is stored in a tank at the plant. Some of the reclaimed water is required to be reused in the treatment process. Reclaimed water stored in the tank is then pumped into a separate underground pipe system (reclaimed distribution pipelines). All reclaimed water comes from the tank located at the Oak Street Facility.
There are two other reclaimed storage tanks in the system. One is located at the Reclaimed Lakes and the other is located on Williamson Blvd., south of Dunlawton Ave./Taylor Road. Both tanks are also equipped with pumps to provide sufficient pressures to the reclaimed water customer. If any of the tank levels fall to a certain set point, the pumps shut down to avoid running them dry. When the level returns, the pumps can again supply reclaimed water into the system.
The amount of reclaimed water produced is dependent on the amount of sewage flow generated by the customer. It is important to note that it takes between three to five homes to generate enough sewage to provide reclaimed water to one home.
During the week of April 13 - 19, 2017, the plant treated an average of 5.58 million gallons of sewage per day. The plant also distributed an average of 5.92 million gallons per day of reclaimed water. The difference in what was brought in and what was distributed as reclaimed water was the volume of augmentation water. This is from groundwater wells that we are permitted to draw from.
Excess reclaimed water is stored in the Reclaimed Lakes on Shunz Road. Currently, the lake level is too low to pump out of. The St. Johns River Water Management District has established a minimum level for the lakes to be available for pumping.
Due to the dry weather conditions, customers are using much more than the plant can produce. Without sufficient water in the lakes, we cannot supplement the supply to meet the demand. Every day customers are draining all three storage tanks to low levels. When the supply of reclaimed water is gone, the pumps turn off until storage levels return. We hope that our customers will conserve the reclaimed water so it is available to all customers.
In this quarter's newsletter, find highlights about:
- 2017 Hurricane Season Prep
- 3rd Annual Scavenger Hunt Rediscover US1/America's Business Highway
- Upcoming Parks & Recreation Sports and Programs
- The 31st Annual Mayor's Invitational Golf Tournament
- City of Port Orange Night with the Daytona Tortugas
- An introduction about AquaHawk
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On Friday, May 5th, The Daytona Tortugas invite all Port Orange residents, employees and their families out to the ballpark for a fun night of Daytona Tortugas Baseball who will play against the Jupiter Hammerheads.
Tickets are $5.00 for general admission bleacher seating or reserved grandstand seating. Food vouchers are also available for $5.00.
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The City of Port Orange Earth Day celebration will be held Friday April 28th from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at the Kenneth W. Parker Amphitheater 2001 City Center Circle Port Orange, FL 32129.
The first 200 guests will receive a free potted baby Live Oak Tree! The event will include a hands on Wildlife show, food trucks, music, kids craft workshops, rock painting, bounce houses, a natural crafter expo, and an Arbor day ceremony. Come out and show your support for the place we all call home!
If you have any questions or concerns please call David Hunt at 386-506-5936.
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