Benefits of Water Reuse

Water Conserv II’s Environmental Benefits Include: 

  • Elimination of surface water discharge to environmentally sensitive surface water.
  • Turned a liability (effluent) into an asset (reclaimed water) for beneficial use.
  • Proven, beneficial and cost-effective year-round reclaimed water reuse.
  • Reduced demand on the Floridan aquifer by eliminating the need for well water for irrigation.
  • Accelerated recharge of the Floridan aquifer through the discharge of reclaimed water to the RIBs.
  • Established preserves within the Rapid Infiltration Basin sites for endangered, threatened and concerned species
    of plants and animals.
    Current documented species include:
    • Scrub Plum
    • Clasping Warea
    • Lewton’s Milkwort
    • Sand Spike Moss
    • Scrub Morning Glory
    • Gopher Tortoise
    • Sherman ’s Fox Squirrel
    • Eastern Indigo Snake
    • Sand Skink
    • Florida Sandhill Crane
    • American Alligator
    • Roseate Spoonbill
    • Northern River Otter
    • Great Horned Owl
Benefits to Participating Citrus Growers Include:

  • A dependable long-term source of irrigation water that is not subject to water restrictions during drought.
  • Elimination of the effort required to secure, maintain and renew a consumptive use permit (CUP) for an irrigation well.
  • Elimination of installation, operation and maintenance costs for deep well or surface water pumping system.
  • Faster young tree growth.
  • Elimination of some nutrients in the nutritional program.
  • Enhanced freeze protection capabilities.
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