Water-Related News

Cape Coral breaks ground on new Southwest Water Reclamation Facility building

CAPE CORAL – The City of Cape Coral and Wharton-Smith Inc. broke ground Thursday for the construction of the new Southwest Water Reclamation Facility operations building.

The original operations building was constructed in 1994 but was deemed uninhabitable after defects caused safety concerns.

The city’s wastewater operators are currently working out of a trailer until the new facility is completed.

The new operations building is designed to withstand a category four hurricane.

“We want to make sure we put the employees in a safe environment,” said Cape Coral Mayor John Gunter.

The new facility will allow staff members to shelter in place while maintaining the operation of the wastewater plant. During Hurricane Irma, Gunter said staff members had to leave the plant.