ECUA Main Street Wastewater Treatment Plant Ceases Operation

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority's odorous out-dated Main Street Wastewater Treatment Plant (MSWWTP) was officially taken off-line, Thursday, April 28, at 10:30am CDT. ECUA Board members threw a series of power switches to mark the completion of the facility’s operations.  

On December 2, 2010, ECUA’s Board dedicated the new, $316-million Central Water Reclamation Facility (CWRF) – the largest public works project in the history of Escambia County.  A full 15 miles north of the existing MSWWTP, the CWRF is well above the flood plain and is built to resist hurricane-force winds, helping to ensure the facility will provide wastewater services during conditions that crippled MSWWTP during Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The CWRF is fully operational and is providing reclaimed water to Gulf Power and International Paper for reuse at their respective sites.


Originally designed and constructed in 1937, between Main and Government Streets, the MSWWTP underwent numerous expansions in the 1970s and mid-1990s. According to projected plans, the anticipated timeframe for dismantling the facility is approximately 9 to 12 months, once the Authority’s Board awards the winning contractor bid in the spring of 2011. 

About ECUA: Originally founded as the Escambia County Utilities Authority in 1981. The ECUA is a local governmental body, existing under the laws of the State of Florida and provides sanitation, water, and wastewater services. The ECUA name was officially changed to the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority on June 29, 2004.