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Palm Beach County Florida Uses Innovative Cloth-Media Tertiary Filtration To Meet its Reuse Requirements

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Meeting today's water resource challenges involves the development of a comprehensive treatment program that provides safe, affordable, high-quality water for reuse. The Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department (PBCWUD) aggressively developed such a program that not only met stringent criteria mandated by the local and state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), but offered substantial cost-savings as compared to using potable water for land irrigation. The PBCWUD water reuse program also results in the conservation of the county's precious groundwater supply. This paper focuses on the growing need for water reclamation, benefits of reclaimed water, reuse treatment requirements, and how cloth-media filtration technology plays an integral role in the reuse strategies of plants employing reclamation programs. A case study of the Southern Region Water Reclamation Facility is discussed. Actual operating data are presented to document the reliability of the reclamation system, which is the key to increased public acceptance of water reclamation projects.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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