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City sets groundbreaking for $15.6 million water reclamation operations building

By Staff | Jul 21, 2021

The city of Cape Coral will break ground for the city’s new $15.6 million Southwest Water Reclamation Facility operations building on Thursday.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, is set for 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at 2104 S.W. 32nd Street.

“The original operations building was constructed in 1994 and has been deemed uninhabitable due to serious defects,” the city said in a release issued today. “The City’s wastewater operators are currently working out of a temporary trailer until construction of the new building is complete.”

The new operations building is designed to withstand a Category 4 hurricane and will allow staff to shelter in place while maintaining the operation of the wastewater plant.

Wharton-Smith, Inc. was hired by the City to provide construction manager at-risk services for the construction of the building. Funding will be via the Utilities Department’s capital improvement budget.

The Southwest Water Reclamation Facility treats up to 15 million gallons per day of wastewater. Wastewater is processed to meet or exceed all Environmental Protection Agency and Florida Department of Environmental Protection standards for reuse water. The reuse water is distributed via the City’s irrigation system for lawn watering. The City’s irrigation is supplied by treated wastewater from the City’s two water reclamation facilities and supplemented by freshwater canal water pumped from canal pumping stations.

Source: City of Cape Coral