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Century Village Will Be Home To New County Reclaimed Water Facility

For immediate release: Date: October 31, 2006
Contact: Water Utilities Robert Nelton, 561-493-6062

The Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department recently began construction on a new three-million gallon per day (MGD) reclaimed water facility in Century Village of West Palm Beach.

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), under the leadership of Chairman Kevin McCarty, has awarded the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department $1,000,000 toward the construction cost of the facility, estimated at $5,000,000. The grant falls specifically under the Alternative Water Supply Funding for 2007, a progressive-thinking program to help protect our water supply and ensure safe water for future generations. This fund allows the County Water Utilities Department to increase the alternative water supply while continuing to provide the best quality water at the best rates. The Century Village Reclaimed Water Production Facility is one of 13 alternative water projects in the Lower east coast being funded in part by the South Florida Water Management
District's Alternative Water Supply Grant Program.

Commissioner Jeff Koons, the district commissioner for the Century Village area, has been instrumental in supporting environmental preservation and safety of the water supply for Century Village residents. "We are fortunate to have a combination of funding and know-how to make this kind of technology possible throughout Palm Beach County. This community will benefit greatly from the partnership of the South Florida Water Management District and Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department. Irrigation with reclaimed water is a cost-effective way to protect the environment and preserve the water supply for our growing population," Commissioner Koons stated.

Reclaimed water is recycled water that has been treated, filtered and disinfected. The treatment process eliminates harmful substances, but leaves traces of nitrogen and phosphorous that act as fertilizers when reclaimed water is applied to lawns and landscapes. When completed, the new Century Village North Reclaimed Water Production Facility will provide supplemental irrigation water to Century Village of West Palm Beach as well as to the nearby Vista Center.

The United Civic Organization, the master homeowners association for the Century Village Community, will use 750,000 gallons of reclaimed water daily from the facility to maintain levels in private lakes in the community that are used to irrigate 100 acres of common landscaped area. The benefits to the residents are far reaching. Not only is this a cost-saving measure for the community, but it improves the esthetics of the lakes and is a necessary step in environmental conservation. Reclaimed water is more affordable than drinking water for irrigation purposes, and allows more drinking water to be available to the population. More importantly, it helps to recharge the ground water that eventually trickles down into the aquifer, the source of the County's drinking water.

Completion of the facility is scheduled for summer of 2007.

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