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Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Boca Raton Water Treatment Plant
1401 Glades Road
Boca Raton, Florida, 33431

Contact Information:
Contact:  Greg Essen
Email:  gessen@ci.boca-raton.fl.us
Telephone:  561-338-7323
Fax:  561-338-7345

Plant Operation: Municipal

Processing: Water

Web site:

Plant/Process Description:
Boca Raton has always been at the forefront of advanced drinking water treatment. In 1927, the City constructed one of the first municipal water treatment facilities in South Florida. Clarence H. Geist convinced the Town Council of the importance of a town water supply, and even provided a loan to the town for the project. The water works facility was located on the site that is now City Hall. It treated 500,000 gallons of water per day and also included a water tower more than 100 feet tall.

The raw groundwater supply in South Florida contains relatively high levels of naturally occurring dissolved organic material. Consequently, as in many South Florida communities, Boca Ratonís drinking water was high in color. While color does not pose a health concern, it is aesthetically objectionable to many consumers.

In the late 1990ís, City leaders began a project to comply with new, stringent water quality regulations and also established a goal of the project to dramatically improve the aesthetic quality of the drinking water supplied to customers. The City Council authorized final design and construction of a 40-mgd, state-of- the-art membrane softening process at the Glades Road Utility Services complex.

Today, residents rely on the modern, 70-million- gallon-per-day (mgd) water treatment plant located at the Utility Services complex for quality drinking water.

As raw water is pumped to the plant from one of 54 wells throughout the City, the new membrane softening process treats approximately two- thirds, while one-third is treated by lime softening. The treated water is then blended to provide the finished product. Treating a large percentage of the flow via the membrane softening process surpasses regulatory requirements by removing more than 90 percent of the organic material, producing clear, colorless water.

Now, as the largest operational membrane softening process facility in the world, the water treatment plant at the Utility Services complex is providing Boca Raton residents and customers with regulatory-compliant, high- quality water today and far into the future.
City of Boca Raton
Web site:  http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us
Operating Company:
City of Boca Raton
Web site:  http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us

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