Recommendation for Recycling Water in a Florida Pilot Plant”
The water shortage problem has affected all of us in one way or another, whether through mandatory restrictions, increased water prices, or the ever-increasing occurrence of sinkholes. Evidence of a water shortage is everywhere.
Since water is essential for our survival, and there are no alternatives to support life on this planet, we must find a way to keep up with our ever-increasing water demand. This report presents the water shortage problem occurring in Florida. It familiarizes the reader with the problem and explains the current uses employed in Florida. Additionally, the report explains the procedure and provides a recommendation, including the site and costs involved, along with a brief background on the proposed procedure.
I recommend that the recycled project be funded and allow the pilot plant to meet the ever-increasing demand for water in Florida.
The water shortage problem affects us all in one way or another, whether through mandatory restrictions, increased water prices, or the ever-increasing occurrence of sinkholes. Evidence of a water shortage is everywhere. Since we need water to survive, and there are no alternatives to support life on this planet, we must find a way to keep up with our expanding water demand. I believe that the only viable option is to recycle the water we are using.
By recycling the water, we will be able to lower the price and prevent sinkholes from occurring, as well as ease the mandatory restrictions placed upon us due to the water shortage. The research that was completed, and all the information I gathered, showed that a price of $50,000 would cover all the expenses needed to set up a pilot plant, including the labor which will be done in-house. The $50,000 required will be recovered in less than a year’s time, and since it will also satisfy the voracious appetite for water, I feel it is a viable option. The plant could be operational in 3 months upon approval of the funds. I believe this option is both economically and environmentally feasible and would like to get started as soon as possible.
Water, our most precious resource, is in short demand. With water use increasing every day here in Florida, will there be enough water for everybody? We live in a state where people are migrating every day due to the desirable climate and recreational options. With this influx increasing at an alarming rate, where will we get the water to supply the demand? Clearly, at the present rate of use, the water table is decreasing. As we see more and more sinkholes due to the overpumping of the water table, we realize that another alternative must be developed. This completion report will update you on the progress of the option of recycling the water in our Pasco County test plant, at the Moon Lake plant.
We use water every day and in many ways. We use water to take a shower, brush our teeth, water our lawns, wash our laundry and cars, or simply to support our very existence. Clearly, we cannot do without water, and there simply is not enough to go around. One alternative is to recycle the water. We already treat our wastewater with processes that result in 99.5% pure water. If this water were sent to a water treatment plant to be processed along with the water already being processed, there would be plenty of water available. This water could be used as potable water for drinking or cooking, or for laundry or irrigation. The reclaimed water could be reinjected (deep well injection) into the aquifer to offset the amount being pumped every day. Enclosed is a flow chart through a wastewater and water plant already in use. There is little or no modification required to accomplish recycling of water.
Once the water completes treatment at the wastewater facility, it would be rerouted to the head, or beginning, of the water treatment plant. At this point in time, we have completed a flow chart designed for your plant and a brief estimate of the costs involved. The facilities are already in place and just require some minor modifications to implement this solution.