Water Reuse Week: May 19-25

Water reuse plays an important role in water resource, wastewater and ecosystem management in Florida. When reclaimed water is used, it eases the demand on traditional, often limited, sources of water. By recycling or reusing water, communities can still grow while minimizing or even reducing their impact on the water resources around them.

Water reuse involves using highly treated domestic wastewater for a new purpose. Reclaimed water systems are continually monitored to ensure the health and welfare of the public and the environment are protected.

Using reclaimed water also reduces discharges to surface waters, recharges ground water and postpones costly capital investments in the development of new, more costly water sources and supplies.

Reclaimed water is an excellent water source:

  • Creates wetlands and enhancing restoration
  • Recharges groundwater
  • Irrigates golf courses, parks and other green spaces
  • Meets urban demands for water to wash cars, flush toilets and maintain ponds and fountains

Source: South Florida Water Management District

Did you know? BSU produced a daily average of 4.661 million gallons of reclaimed water in 2023.

How is wastewater processed at BSU?

We treat wastewater with mechanical, biological and chemical processes that remove debris and contaminants from the water. Then, wastewater is processed and recycled into three components:

  • Debris that is sent to landfill
  • Reclaimed water that is sold for irrigation
  • Dried pellets that are sold as fertilizer

Learn more about the process:

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