ECUA’s Central Water Reclamation Facility Shortlisted for Top Global Water Reuse Project of the Year in Berlin, Germany, EU



Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s (ECUA) Central Water Reclamation Facility (CWRF), located in Cantonment, FL,  has been honored as a top three finalist for the 2011 Global Water Reuse Project of the Year by Global Water Intelligence (GWI).

The presentation held April 18th and 19th, at the Dorint Convention Center, Berlin, Germany, EU, featured guest speaker former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, and attracted top-level worldwide executives.

The CWRF’s winning design and construction was carried-out by Pensacola firms; Baskerville-Donovan, Inc. (treatment facilities), and Hatch Mott MacDonald (ancillary works).  Funding for the $316 million project was derived from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), other federal sources, the State of Florida, the ECUA, Escambia County, and the City of Pensacola.

The CWRF, a designated Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) facility, and the largest construction project in Escambia County’s history, uses a highly developed biological treatment and disinfection process to clean water and provide up to 17 million gallons a day of reclaimed water to Gulf Power’s Plant Crist and up to 6 million gallons a day of reclaimed water to International Paper.

The CWRF replaced the odorous out-dated Main Street Wastewater Plant (MSWWTP) which discharged up to 20 millions of gallons of effluent daily into Pensacola Bay, and was located in a coastal flood zone. The MSWWWTP was crippled by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and further impacted by Hurricane Dennis in 2005.