The Water Reclamation Division includes the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF), plant operations, wastewater collection system, reclaimed water system, a laboratory and provides the following services:
- Scheduling utility line locations
- Help with wastewater collection system problems
- Specific questions relating to plant process control and laboratory testing
- Service connection and inspections
- Discontinuing Reclaimed Water Service
What is Reclaimed Water?
Reclaimed water, sometimes referred to as reuse water, is wastewater that has been treated and transformed into a product that is clean, clear, and odorless. This water has been subjected to strict water quality standards established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).
Why Should You Use Reclaimed Water?
- Keeps harmful nutrients out of the Lagoon: Reclaimed water usage reduces the quantity of effluent discharged into the Indian River Lagoon system
- Low mineral content: Reclaimed water has a low salt content which will not harm sensitive plants and a low iron content which will not stain walkways or buildings. Also, unlike well water, it does not have an odor
- Affordable alternative: Reclaimed water is cheaper than using fresh water and eliminates the expense of drilling, pumping or maintaining wells.
- Helps maintain the aquifer: Reclaimed water usage reduces the demand on potable and groundwater sources and recharges the shallow surficial aquifer with fresh water.
The City of Cape Canaveral’s Reclaimed Water System is striving to meet a conservation goal by developing, expanding and promoting an alternative water system, and serves as a major component of the City’s Water Conservation Program. Besides reducing the demand on potable water supplies, a reclaimed water system offers a form of environmental protection through the wise disposal of wastewater. Effluent that would have otherwise been discharged into the Indian River Lagoon, is "re-used" for other purposes. This reduction of effluent discharge helps the City of Cape Canaveral meet current legislation regulating surface discharge, while benefiting all of us by conserving drinking water supplies.
Is Reclaimed Water Safe?
Cape Canaveral’s reclaimed water is treated to advanced wastewater treatment standards at the Water Reclamation Facility, a newly upgraded, state-of-the art wastewater treatment plant. The water, which has undergone a high level of disinfection, is continuously monitored and analyzed by our skilled technicians to insure consistency, high quality and compliance with regulations.
Reclaimed water is not suitable for drinking. However, it is great for irrigation. It can be used on residential and commercial lawns, roadway medians, parks, and other landscaped areas.
Who can use Reclaimed Water?
Reclaimed water is currently available to limited areas of Cape Canaveral. The service is limited by the extent of our distribution system. Reclaimed water is distributed through a completely separate system of underground piping from the pipes carrying potable water. Plans are underway to make this service available to most of the City within the next few years. The City of Cape Canaveral intends to make this resource available to as many residents as supply, demand and financial resources will allow.
Costs + Scheduling
The following connection fees have been established and shall be reviewed annually by City Council:
- Single Family, Townhouse, Duplex and Triplex Units ($475.00 for each required backflow device).
- Multi-family Apartment Complexes, Condominium Developments and Mobile Home Parks ($500.00 for each required backflow device installed by property owner).
- Commercial and Industrial ($500.00 for each required backflow device installed by property owner).
The City of Cape Canaveral has taken the leadership role by keeping the cost of reclaimed water to its customers as low as possible. On February 6, 2001 the City of Cape Canaveral City Council adopted Resolution 2001-04 establishing reclaimed water connection fees.
This connection fee is the lowest known in the State of Florida. Other local cities have been found to charge more than three times the amount of Cape Canaveral.
Reclaimed Water Availability Hours
Please try and conserve water by watering your lawn two times a week. Reclaimed water service is not available on Thursdays due to scheduled weekly maintenance.
North Section (yellow on the map below)
(North of Washington Ave.)
M / T / W / F / S / SU
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
South Section (purple on the map below)
(South of Washington Ave.)
M / T / W / F
7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
S / SU
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Ridgewood Ave Streetscape Landscaping (blue on the map below)
(Central Ave. South to Johnson Ave.)
M / T / W / F / S / SU
11 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Map of City Reclaimed Water Zones