Case Study

Florida WWTP Expansion Plays Important Role In Ecosystem Recovery And Protection

Source: Evoqua Water Technologies

Florida WWTP Expansion Plays Important Role In Ecosystem Recovery And Protection

Challenge

Panama City Beach is situated on 27 miles of white-sand beaches in the panhandle of Northwest Florida.  The city is ecologically significant in that it is surrounded by thousands of acres of protected wetlands which are part of the West Bay Ecosystem.  Eleven years ago, Panama City Beach leaders devised a long-range plan designed to accomplish several distinct but related goals: redirect wastewater that was being discharged from the local Advanced Wastewater Plant into West Bay to protect the water quality there; increase the capacity of the plant to meet the demands of a growing population; then use the reclaimed water from the expanded plant to restore the altered hydrology of the natural lands in another area of the ecosystem that had been negatively impacted by decades of tree farming.  Developing an appropriate course of action to reach these goals was a more than decade-long process.