Water-Related News

Proposed Cape Coral Sewer System Upgrades Would Benefit Estuary

Cape Coral is pursuing a $900,000 state grant for a pipeline to carry millions of gallons of treated sewer water under the Caloosahatchee River each day.

The line will carry 6 million to 11 million gallons a day of the reclaimed water from Fort Myers’ wastewater plant to Cape Coral’s Everest Parkway treatment plant. That’s enough to fill as many as 7,333 septic tank service trucks with 1,500-gallon tanks. Once in the Cape, the water will be used to boost the city’s irrigation water supply.

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Eliminating the Fort Myers outfall would help to reduce the level of nutrients in the river and their negative impact on the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary, estuary director Lisa Beever said in a letter of support for Cape Coral’s proposal. Downstream communities of Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Bonita Springs also would see improved water quality, she wrote.

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