New Water Plant Starts in Port LaBelle
The new Port LaBelle Utility System membrane softening treatment plant started operations on Thursday, July 26. Water production from the new plant will be limited during its testing phase. The old treatment plant will be working alongside the new facility as the utility gradually transitions away from its old lime softening system.
The original treatment plant was built by General Development Corporation in 1972. Over time the plant's water delivery capacity has declined from 500,000 gallons per day to approximately 350,000, resulting in serious water shortages this past spring.
The new plant can deliver 900,000 gallons
of drinking water per day and is designed to produce up to 1.8 million gallons
per day with additional treatment modules.
The facility located at the southwest corner of Hwy 80 and
Quality of the water produced by the new plant will be much better. Virtually all contaminants will be filtered out, including the natural organic particles that when combined with chlorine can lead to the creation of carcinogenic trihalomethanes (THM's). This high degree of filtering allows the utility to return to the traditional chlorine method of disinfection without the risk of producing THM's. The utility's current practice of using chloramines will be discontinued. While preventing THM's, chloramine has the side effect of creating ammonia that can cause problems for dialysis patients and homeowners with aquariums.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture helped
Encore Construction Company built the new
plant under the supervision of the
Photos and more details of the new water plant are available at www.HendryUtilities.com
For more information contact:
Mr. Roger Greer, PLUS Director
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Mr. Shane Parker, Hendry
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Mr. Ron Zimmerly,
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Mr. Danny Nelson, TetraTech
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Dr. John Capece, PLUS Advisory Board
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