Cocoa's reclaimed water system began in 1991 as an alternative to discharging wastewater effluent into the Indian River Lagoon. At the time, reclaimed water was plentiful and customers were few. Continued expansion of the system has resulted in demand for reclaimed water in excess of available wastewater effluent. Peak demand periods exceeding 100% of incoming wastewater flow are met by utilizing supplemental sources of storm water or groundwater.
The amount of reclaimed water used by reclaimed water customers is usually more than the amount of traditional sources used for the same purposes since reclaimed water has typically been provided to customers at a significantly lower cost. These incentives continue to promote an inefficient overuse of the reclaimed water supply. Reclaimed water is a resource and is increasingly relied upon as one way to meet community water demands. We must manage and conserve our reclaimed water.
Cocoa continues to provide a reliable resource to our customer through development of seasonal storage to capture and store the reclaimed water that is unused most of the year. Stored reclaimed water is used to augment the daily reclaimed water peak demand; to store the large volumes associated with seasonal storage, with surface reservoirs, ground water wells and future aquifer storage and recovery wells.
Reducing water waste and increasing the efficient use of water helps to create sustainable water supplies and optimizes cocoa's reclaimed water system infrastructure. Our continuing goal is to efficiently manage these images through conservation and education.