Water Reclamation Facility

Sammi the Sailfish Photo

A recent transformation of the City of Stuart's Wastewater Treatment Plant to a Water Reclamation Facility include aesthetic improvements, intended to blend into the downtown environment.

Water Reclamation Facility Aerial Photo

The City's Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) is a conventional activated sludge treatment facility that was originally built in 1955. The plant's current capacity is 4.0 MGD (million gallons per day) on an annual average daily flow basis. The wastewater treatment process begins with the wastewater collection system entering the influent pump station. Raw sewage is then pumped from the influent pump station to the headworks where an automatic bar screen and grit removal system is in place. From the headworks, the raw sewage then enters the aeration basins. From the aeration basins, the aerated wastewater is transferred to the secondary clarifiers and then to the chlorine contact chamber where it is filtered and highly disinfected before disposal via the reclaimed water system or the deep injection well system. Bio-solids are thickened by the City's 1.5 meter belt press and transported to a Class 1 Landfill.
The City uses innovative, state-of-the-art utility management systems developed through many years of experience, and ensures sound operation and maintenance practices. The systems emphasize the value of training, safety, accuracy, and ensure that the latest technologies of utility management are utilized. The City of Stuart strives to ensure that all federal and state regulatory requirements are being met.


Wastewater is 98% recyclable water. To produce a high clarity liquid effluent, the City of Stuart utilizes a state of the art dual belt technology belt press which removes the 2% of solids found in wastewater. This unique design provides maximum solids removal combined with low maintenance costs. The 2% solids removed by the belt press are taken to the landfill by a dump truck and the water removed from the solids, known as filtrate, is recycled back into the process.


Facility Achievements 

  • 2011 Water & Wastes Digest Top Projects Winner
  • 2011 Florida Rural Water Association Medium Wastewater System of the Year
  • 2011 Florida Water Environmental Association Safety Award
  • 2008 Florida Rural Water Association Wastewater Plant of the Year
  • 2005 Florida Water Environmental Association Safety Award
  • 2004 Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association Safety Award
  • 2003 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Plant Operations Excellence Award
  • 2002 Florida Water Environmental Association Earle V. Phelps Award for Best Secondary Treatment
  • 2001 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Plant Operations Excellence Award
  • 2001 Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association Safety Award
  • 2000 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Plant Operations Excellence Award
  • 2000 Florida Rural Water Association Public Wastewater System of the Year
  • 2000 United States Environmental Protection Agency Excellence Award


Reclaimed Water Supply
In looking to preserve our future drinking water supply, the City of Stuart is happy to announce that reclaimed water is now available. The treated water is 100% recycled and reusable for irrigation purposes only.

What Is Reclaimed Water?
Water, like used motor oil, newspaper, plastic and aluminum cans, can be recycled. Reclaimed water is treated wastewater from local utility systems. The City of Stuart filters and treats reclaimed water with a high level of chlorine disinfection. This allows reclaimed water to be readily available for non-potable uses such as commercial and private landscape irrigation purposes.

Current Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) regulatory mechanisms are effective in encouraging and promoting water reuse. There has been a significant increase of reclaimed water usage the last ten years, and this this reuse water has been an important component of water resources and wastewater management in the State of Florida.

Why Reuse Water?
Reclaimed water conserves drinking water normally used for irrigation in an environmentally economic manner.

The State of Florida has adopted policies that recognize water reuse as an integral part of the comprehensive water management program.

Water reclamation offers a valuable alternative water resource not requiring potable drinking water applications.

The use of reclaimed water in a non-potable application helps to insure a long-term reliable water source even during times of drought. The City of Stuart, like other South Florida communities, are faced with the problem of a diminishing fresh water supply. Water restrictions are effecting the quality of life of every South Florida resident. Water reclamation is an important component of an effective water conservation program.

To protect the quality of valuable water resources, the City continues to make a conscious and continuous effort to protect the quality of water here in the City. With this in mind, the City's Wastewater Treatment Facility has been redesigned and constructed with advanced and sophisticated engineering to limit the amount of effluent to deep injection points, transforming it into a Water Reclamation Facility.

Is Reclaimed Water Safe?
Reclaimed water undergoes a strict 24 hour a day monitoring process 365 days a year. Stringent water standards are set forth by the State of Florida.

No health related problems have been associated with reclaimed water throughout the City. However, reclaimed water
is not intended for human or animal use, it poses no threat to accidental contact.

How Reclaimed Water Benefits You

Reclaimed water offers a variety of benefits to City residents and the environment:

  • Helps in ground water recharge
  • Irrigation of lawns and golf courses
  • Water recycling helps preserve the environment
  • Reserves potable water otherwise used for lawyn irrigation
  • Reclaimed water used for irrigation will not stain sidewalks or driveways
  • Reclaimed water contains nitrogen and phosphorus, which will reduce the amount of fertilizer needed for healthy grass growth

How To Use City of Stuart's Reclaimed Water

  • Use for irrigation of lawns or golf courses
  • Use for irrigation of flower gardens
  • Use of irrigation of trees and shrubs
  • Use for irrigation on only edible crops that will be peeled, skinned or cooked prior to eating

How NOT To Use City's Reclaimed Water

  • DO NOT drink reclaimed water
  • DO DO NOT connect your reclaimed irrigation to any other source of water
  • DO NOT allow your irrigation system to waste water by spraying driveway or street
  • DO NOT fill swimming pools or use reclaimed water recreationally
  • DO NOT use reclaimed water through hoses, faucets, hose bibs or couplers

City of Stuart's Vision
In Florida, up to 50 percent of a community's drinking water is used for irrigation. Much of this irrigation could be replaced with reclaimed water. In order to conserve our water supply, the City of Stuart intends to maximize the use of reclaimed water, allowing the community to grow while minimizing or even reducing the impact on water resources.

The City's Water Reclamation Facility provides reclaimed water for specific areas of Stuart and intends to expand its availability in the future.

Want More Information on Reclaimed Water?
Please access Florida Department of Environmental Protection's website at: www.dep.state.fl.us/water/reuse/index.htm

If you have any questions regarding the use of reclaimed water, please contact City of Stuart Customer Service at (772) 288-5317.

Just remember the magic formula: one gallon of reuse = one gallon of drinking water saved!

Reclaimed Water System Building Photo

Photo: Reclaimed Water System Building

Did you know that a typical 18-hole golf course can use up to 1 million gallons of water per day on hot days? It's true.


Grease Goblin GraphicGrease Traps

A grease trap is a device located inside a food service facility designed to collect, contain or remove food wastes and grease from the waste stream while allowing the balance of the liquid waste to discharge to the wastewater collection system by gravity.

Defeat the Grease Goblin. . .

. . . He's hiding in your sinks and drains. He causes sewer overflows.


Oil and grease in wastewater cause problems in sewer systems? Grease sticks to the inside of sewer pipes, both on your property and in the streets. This decreases pipe capacity and requires that the pipes be cleaned more often or replaced sooner. Oil and grease also hamper effective treatment of wastewater.


Any type of grease can cause raw sewage backups and overflows in your home or in the street.

Sewer overflows pollute our rivers and streams. It increases our risk of coming into contact with disease-causing organisms. It also increases the cost to operate and maintain sewer lines and wastewater plants.



  • Collect cooking oil & grease in containers and dispose of it in the garbage.
  • Remove oil & grease from kitchen utensils, equipment, and food preparation areas with scrapers, towels, or a broom.
  • Keep grease out of wash water.
  • Place all food scraps in a waste container for solid waste pickup.

  • Pour grease, fats, and oils from cooking down the drain.
  • Use the toilet as a garbage disposal.
  • Use the sewer as a means of disposing food scraps.

Call (772) 600-1277 if you have any questions or comments about how you can help.

MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:30am - 5:00pm, Please call Customer Service (772) 288-5317

Contact Us

City of Stuart
Water Reclamation Facility
301 SE Stypmann Blvd
Stuart, FL 34994

(772) 288-1292
(772) 288-1405 fax

To report a force main break or sewer back-up please call:

AFTER HOURS, Please call the Water Reclamation Facility (772) 288-5343

Operations Team Leader II