The East Central Regional Water Reclamation Facility (ECRWRF) is funded and governed by a board comprised of the representatives of the entities served by that facility, namely: the City of West Palm Beach, the City of Lake Worth, the City of Riviera Beach, the Town of Palm Beach, and Palm Beach County. The ECRWRF is licensed to function under specific guidelines by the State of Florida and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The plant is operated by Florida licensed Wastewater Plant Operators. It is currently permitted to process 70 million gallons of wastewater per day (MGD).
Wastewater generated by residential users, businesses and industry is transported to the Water Reclamation Facility via underground piping throughout the cities and county. Wastewater entering a treatment plant is referred to as the INFLUENT. Influent consists of water, organic materials from toilets and kitchen disposals, and inorganic material such as sediment and industrial chemicals. The facility is designed to remove as much of the waste from the influent as possible so that the treated water, (EFFLUENT), will have minimal impact on the environment when it is returned. Also on site is a dewatering facility where biosolids produced from the treatment process are transported to a residuals management facility for beneficial reuse as fertilizer pellets. Biosolids refer to treated sewer sludge that conforms with local regulations.
Within the ECRWRF fence line, there is a Water Reclamation Facility that is owned by the county and operated by the City of West Palm Beach. This facility further treats the ECR Effluent to an advanced level and the effluent is then piped to the West Coast Energy Center where it is used for their cooling towers. Currently under construction at the ECRWRF facility is the Biosolids Improvement Project. This project includes the construction of new thermophilic and mesophilic anaerobic digestion facilities, construction of new centrifuge dewatering facilities, the construction of a new septage/fats, oils, and grease (FOG) receiving station, and the conversion of the aerobic digester to an aeration basin along with many more upgrades. The project is slated to be completed within the next 3 years.
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