The Water Reclamation Division includes the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF), wastewater collection system, reclaimed water system and the 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
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).
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 consistent 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.
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.
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.
Why Should You Use Reclaimed Water?
- Reclaimed water has a low salt content which will not harm sensitive plants
- Reclaimed water has a low iron content which will not stain walkways and buildings. Also, unlike wells, it does not have an odor
- Reclaimed water eliminates the expense of wells (i.e. no need for drilling or pump costs)
- Reclaimed water usage reduces the demand on potable and groundwater sources
- Reclaimed water recharges the shallow surficial aquifer with fresh water
- Reclaimed water usage reduces the quantity of effluent discharged into the Indian River Lagoon system
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. Reclaimed water is a major component of the City’s Water Conservation Program. The City of Cape Canaveral intends to make this resource available to as many residents as supply, demand and financial resources will allow.
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.
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