Historic Day for the ECUA

On Monday, August 30, 2010, six years after Hurricane Ivan’s devastating impact on Northwest Florida and the ECUA’s Main Street Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Central Water Reclamation Facility (CWRF) began accepting minimal wastewater flows and limited operations.

On Thursday, December 2, 2010, the dedication and turning of a symbolic valve marked the completion of the facility, the largest public works project in the history of Escambia County.  ECUA board members and staff, as well as federal, state and local officials, were on hand as the state-of-the-art facility officially began operations.


The CWRF is designated as an AWT (advanced wastewater treatment) facility, meaning it produces effluent of a very high quality, which will be disinfected to the level required for unrestricted exposure to the public. One hundred percent of the reclaimed water from the plant will be reused, eliminating any potential surface water discharge. Unique safety design features were included in the state-of-the-art plant; the CWRF is constructed to withstand Category Five hurricane force winds of up to 190mph and the site is a minimum of 50 feet above sea level, removing it from any potential flood issues.

The CWRF was funded in large part through grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal sources, the State of Florida, Escambia County and the City of Pensacola.   Several local firms, employing hundreds of Northwest Florida employees, participated in the design and construction of the facility, three major lift stations and 25 miles of pipeline.