Water-Related News

Fort Myers explores options for use of reclaimed water

The city of Fort Myers is seeking creative alternatives for use of its excess supply of reclaimed water, which is wastewater that has been treated and disinfected to meet the standards of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and to protect public health and environmental quality. It is typically used for irrigation purposes.

At a November workshop, the Fort Myers City Council discussed several options that could benefit city residents in the form of expanded access or improved water rates. The council gave the go-ahead for the mayor and city manager to negotiate the sale of excess reclaimed water to neighboring communities. The incremental revenue produced could then be used to offset water rate increases in the future or fund greater accessibility to reclaimed water in the city.