The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have 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. The USACE Jacksonville District contracted R2T for the operation and maintenance of the facilities during cycle testing. The operation of the Kissimmee River Aquifer Storage Recovery is subject to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES), the Underground Injection Control Permit, and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program Regulatory Act Permit, which are three major permits issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
NPDES permit. Regulates discharges to the environment and is primarily relevant during the recovery stage of the cycle testing and from the on-site holding/retention ponds. R2T coordinates, conducts, and reports sampling in order to meet requirements.
Underground Injection Control Permit. R2T assisted with the construction, operation and reporting requirements for the ASR/Treatment Facilities, including monitoring and analysis of wells during each stage of the Cycle Testing.
Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program Regulatory Act Permit. This permit authorizes the construction and cycle testing of the ASR/Treatment facilities. This permit also lists other permits needed for the project, stipulates the allowed annual withdraws from the Kissimmee River (consumptive use), water quality requirements, operation and maintenance requirements, as well as monitoring and reporting requirements. To comply with this permit, R2T used information obtained from the mixing zone evaluation to assist with treatment system operation.