Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) Project
With a total capital budget of nearly $230 million and a schedule of 6 years, the AWT project stands as the largest project undertaken by the City of Tallahassee. The project entails the planning, design, and construction of new and upgraded facilities at the City's Thomas P. Smith Water Reclamation Facility (TPS) that will result in the treated wastewater meeting advanced wastewater treatment standards.
In particular, the AWT improvements will significantly reduce the total nitrogen in the treated wastewater discharged at the City's Southeast Farm Spray Field disposal facility and thus minimize the City's contribution of nitrogen to the Floridan Aquifer that subsequently flows into the Wakulla Springs and River.
The AWT Project also includes construction of new major facilities that treat the solids by-product generated by the wastewater treatment process, resulting in the production of Class AA "Biosolids," the highest quality level attainable and which then can be recycled as fertilizer. There is consensus among all stakeholders that the City's AWT Project will be a major step toward improvement a preservation of Wakulla Springs and underscores the City's continuing commitment to be a leader in environmental protection and stewardship.
This North Florida treasure is one of the largest fresh water springs in the world.
Protecting this precious natural resource is vital for future generations.
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