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Posted on: August 30, 2018

Water reuse agreement reached between Fort Myers and Cape Coral

FORT MYERS, FL (Aug. 30, 2018) – The City of Fort Myers has reached an agreement with the City of Cape Coral to provide reclaimed water produced by Fort Myers to Cape Coral. The agreement is a win-win for both cities as Cape Coral will receive much-needed reclaimed water for irrigation use during the dry season, and Fort Myers can reduce FDEP-permitted treated water discharges to the Caloosahatchee River. The 30-year agreement requires approval from the Fort Myers and Cape Coral city councils.

“This agreement optimizes the city’s reclaimed water and provides an environmentally friendly solution that accommodates the needs of both cities,” said Saeed Kazemi, P.E., City Manager, Fort Myers.

“We have been working on securing alternative sources to meet our city’s irrigation requirements,” said Cape Coral City Manager John Szerlag. “Our partnership with Fort Myers will provide additional reclaimed water and help reduce the impact on our freshwater canals during the dry season.”

Reclaimed water undergoes continuous monitoring required by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to ensure safety and water quality. The agreement is supported by the South Florida Water Management District, FDEP and Lee County officials.

Both cities will share in the cost of the infrastructure required within the agreement. Fort Myers will build the necessary improvements to produce the reclaimed water from the South Advanced Waste Water Treatment Facility. Cape Coral will provide the infrastructure to transport the reclaimed water across the Caloosahatchee River to the Everest Water Reclamation Facility.

Revenues generated from the sale of treated wastewater to Cape Coral will enable customers in Fort Myers to enjoy stable water rates. These revenues will help pay for the construction of future reclamation facilities at the city’s existing wastewater treatment plant.

With this agreement, Cape Coral has added another resource to meet the daily demand for irrigation water. The City has agreements with FGUA to receive reclaimed water from their facility and Southwest Aggregates to pump water from their freshwater reservoir. These three agreements will add several million gallons of water to the daily supply of irrigation.

 For more information, please contact Stephanie Schaffer at 239-321-7157 or sschaffer@cityftmyers.com or Connie Barron at 239-574-0448 or cbarron@capecoral.net.

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