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Industry Article: Prototype for a Reclaimed Water Aquifer Storage Recovery System: Benefits and Operational Experiences

Prototype for a Reclaimed Water Aquifer Storage Recovery System: Benefits and Operational Experiences
Publication: Florida Water Resources Journal
Publication Date: 02/01/2013

The reclaimed water aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) system of Destin Water Users Inc. (DWU), located on the northwest Florida Gulf Coast, is groundbreaking in several respects. It is the first ASR system in northwest Florida, and the first operational system in Florida, to successfully use a shallow sand aquifer (sand-and-gravel aquifer) as a storage zone. The system is also one of only three operational reclaimed water ASR systems in Florida and is the only one that uses an aquifer, considered to be an underground source of drinking water, as a storage zone. The storage zone of the system contains fresh water, but does not meet potable standards because of elevated iron and sulfide concentrations. The system also pioneered the use of institutional controls to address public health concerns and avoid the possibility of indirect potable reuse, namely an existing local prohibition against the use of the storage aquifer for potable supply purposes.




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