What is Reclaimed Water?

Reclaimed Water

Reclaimed water is wastewater that has been treated and transformed into a product that is clean, clear, and odorless. This water must meet strict water quality standards established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

Water Reclamation Facility

Cocoa's reclaimed water is treated to advanced wastewater treatment standards at the Jerry Sellers Water Reclamation Facility, a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant. The water receives a high level of disinfection and is continuously monitored and analyzed by our skilled technicians to insure consistent high quality and compliance with regulations.

Reuse of Wastewater Effluent

The reclaimed water system helps to protect our environment through the beneficial reuse of wastewater effluent. Instead of discharging effluent into the Indian River Lagoon, it is re-used for irrigation. Reducing the volume discharged helps Cocoa meet State and Federal requirements for wastewater effluent disposal into surface waters. It also helps to conserve our drinking water supplies by providing an alternative source of water for irrigation and other non-potable uses.

Water Demand on the Dry Season

The demand for reclaimed water during the dry season often exceeds the available supply of wastewater effluent produced in Cocoa. To meet these high demand periods, Cocoa continues to develop supplemental sources from storm water and non-potable groundwater. To meet seasonal demands, Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) is being evaluated as an option for storing large volumes of treated water underground during wet weather conditions. This water is then available to supplement the supply of reclaimed water during dry weather.

Good for Irrigation

Reclaimed water is not suitable for drinking; however, it's great for irrigation. It can be used on residential lawns, highway medians, parks, golf courses, and other landscaped areas. You can irrigate edible crops as long as you peel, skin, cook, or thermally process them before consumption. Reclaimed water can also be used in commercial buildings to flush toilets. It is not recommended to use reclaimed water for washing vehicles or washing down sidewalks, roadways or driveways.