There are few aspects that are more responsible for moving civilization out of the Middle Ages and into the Modern Era than is the treatment of our municipal and industrial waste streams (sewage). The responsible treatment of our waste streams, coupled with the treatment of our drinking water supplies, has led to advances in public health that have contributed to extending life expectancies, primarily due to the control of infectious diseases. The City of Apopka's Water Resources Divisions take this responsibility seriously and work hard on a daily basis to ensure the health and well-being of our community is protected.
The City's Water Treatment Division consists of five water plants – the Jack G. Grossenbacher Water Plant, the Sheeler Oaks Water Plant, the Myrtle Rogers Womble Northwest Water Plant, the Plymouth Regional Water Plant and the Mt. Plymouth Lakes Water Plant. These five treatment plants are strategically located throughout the City and unincorporated Orange County to insure reliable, consistent service throughout our utility service area. Through March 2011, the City serviced over 20,000 commercial and residential drinking water customers. For the calendar year 2010, there was an average of 7.539 million gallons per day of drinking water consumed by the Apopka community.
The water plants consist of twelve groundwater wells, ranging from 483 to 1,400 feet in depth. The water source for these wells is the Floridan Aquifer, which is known as one of the most productive groundwater sources in the world. The Floridan Aquifer is replenished with rainwater that filters through hundreds of feet of sand and rock prior to storage in the Aquifer. This natural process provides a water source that is consistently of a high quality, thus requiring minimal treatment by the water plants. The groundwater is treated at the City's facilities using cascade aeration to reduce odor causing compounds, such as hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell), and disinfected using sodium hypochlorite (bleach), prior to distribution to the community. The total production capacity of the groundwater wells for the City is 33.696 million gallons per day.
The Water Plants are also equipped with a full service SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system that monitors the operation of the facility 24 hours per day. In the event of a treatment or equipment malfunction, the SCADA system computer contacts the operators via cell phone and verbally advises them of the malfunction and its location. This use of technology expedites the operator's ability to correct the problem and maintain quality service throughout the treatment process and insure compliance with the facility's operating permits.
The City routinely monitors for contaminants in the drinking water according to State and Federal regulations. Click here to view the current Annual Water Quality Report.