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Augmenting Water Reclamation Capability at the Miami-Dade North District Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Escalating potable water demand in Miami-Dade County is driving the development of alternative water supplies. As a major water/wastewater provider, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (MDWASD) prepared an Alternative Water Supply Plan (AWSP) in May 2007 with the intent of offsetting the projected potable water demand, and sustaining the Biscayne Aquifer for consumptive water production. However, a June 2007 Florida Senate Bill 1302 restricting ocean outfalls required a second look by MDWASD at the requirements of the AWSP and the plan to add a 6.7 mgd Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) at the North District Wastewater Treatment Plant. This complicated an already compressed schedule for the design and construction of the WRF.

This paper is of interest to water/wastewater utilities in Florida that are facing the need to expand or protect potable water supplies in the face of increasing population growth and more stringent treated wastewater discharge limits.
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Keywords: Miami-Dade North District Wastewater Treatment Plant; Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department; South Florida Water Management District; advanced wastewater treatment; alternative potable water supply; deep-bed filter; ocean outfall legislation Florida Senate Bill 1302; reclaimed water; reuse; tertiary filtration

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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