Helping Restore the Everglades with Aquifer Recharge

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) has designed, constructed and permitted a 5 million gallon per day (mgd) ASR/Surface Water Treatment Pilot Facility located on the east bank of the Kissimmee River in Okeechobee, Florida. USACOE Jacksonville District contracted with R2T for the operation and maintenance of the facilities during cycle testing. The operation of the facility was subject to the three major permits, issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, including:

  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES)
  • Underground Injection Control Permit
  • Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program Act Permit

R2T’s tasks include, on-site responsibility, interaction with multiple entities and developing documents required by the multiple permit and monitoring regulations. Our on-site operators are assisting with the sampling of manganese, total coliform, turbidity and other water quality parameters as needed. In addition, treatability evaluations were conducted to optimize the treatment process to meet regulatory mandates. Parameters measured included aluminum, iron, color and organic content.

River 2 Tap Everglades Aquifer Aerial View