WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
RECLAIMED WATER SYSTEMS & LIFT STATIONS
M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
201 East Pine Street
Tarpon Springs, FL. 34689
Telephone #: (727) 942-5616
ABOUT TARPON SPRINGS WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS
The first sewer system in Tarpon Springs was
constructed in the early 1900’s. Construction of the Treatment Plant in
its current form began in September 1984, under a construction grant
from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Currently the City’s Wastewater Facility meets or exceeds all surface water discharge requirements.
In 2004 and 2007 the City’s advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant won a State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) award for Excellence in Operations and Maintenance.
TREATMENT PROCESS OVERVIEW:
The City’s treatment facility utilizes an advanced treatment system with biological nutrient removal, which is called the BARDENPHO Process. This system consists of a five stage complete mix sludge process with alternating stages of anoxic and aerobic conditions for nutrient removal.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is Wastewater?
The spent water of domestic and industrial fluid wastes of a community collected and transmitted to a treatment facility to be treated and returned to the environment.
Why Treat Wastewater?
To prevent negative impact on the environment, and to protect the health and welfare of the public.
Due to the technological advances and additional pollutants, controlling wastewater systems is vital to preserving the environment long into the future.
What are the Products of Wastewater Treatment?
The advanced treatment process produces a highly treated effluent. The highly treated effluent is used for irrigation through the reclaimed water system. Any surplus effluent is treated to remove any additional chemicals that could be harmful to the environment prior to discharge.
RECLAIMED WATER INFORMATION
The City of Tarpon Springs’ reclaimed water system is
designed to distribute highly treated effluent discharged from the
City’s advanced wastewater treatment facility and provides a valuable
resource for irrigation of landscaping, lawns, parks, greenways, and the
City’s golf course.
The City’s reclaimed water system consists of two 2.0 million gallon above ground storage tanks, for a total storage capacity of 4.0 million gallons, and pumping station at the Wastewater Treatment Plant with a distribution system and a remote control system telemetry system that monitors and regulates flow at the City’s golf course storage pond. The City’s reclaimed water customer base is a mix of residential and commercial customers.
Seasonal variation in reclaimed water supply is a normal part of reclaimed water system operations. Seasonal changes in weather control the amount of surplus reclaimed water available for residential use. During the rainier months, more surplus reclaimed water is available as customers do not need as much supplemental irrigation. In contrast, during the drier months of the year the demand for reclaimed water for irrigation is at its highest and the available surplus is low. As a result, customers can expect the possibility of periods of low reclaimed water supply during extended periods of drought. During these periods, the City manages system demands to ensure that customers have access to available reclaimed water and that supply is restored as soon as possible.