Water Utilities Department to perform temporary modification to water disinfection process

PALM BEACH COUNTY — In order to maintain compliance with regulatory water quality requirements in the water distribution system, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department (PBCWUD) will temporarily modify its water disinfection process between Saturday, Jan. 11 and Friday, Jan. 31. The modification will entail the use of free chlorine as opposed to chloramine […]

New WRAC forum briefed on water projects

WEST PALM BEACH — The problem of water pollution from septic tanks was a topic of discussion at the first Water Resources Accountability and Collaboration forum, held Dec. 3 at the South Florida Water Management District Office in West Palm Beach. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has asked the Florida Legislature for $2.5 billion over the […]

How much phosphorus comes from flood control ditches?

OKEECHOBEE — For more than 20 years, those who live and work in Lake Okeechobee’s northern watershed have wondered just how much of the phosphorus entering the big lake is a direct effect of the Central and South Florida Flood Control Project (C&SF). In the 1960s, the C&SF Project modified the native Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades system extensively […]

Public urged to attend C-43 Reservoir study

FORT MYERS — The public is invited to provide input and ideas to improving water quality as part of the C-43 Reservoir Project. Members of the public can be a part of this important effort to evaluate water quality opportunities to support the Caloosahatchee Estuary. The C-43 Reservoir will store approximately 170,000 acre-feet of local […]

Water Utilities Department announces temporary modification to water disinfection process

PALM BEACH COUNTY — In order to maintain compliance with regulatory water quality requirements in the water distribution system, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department (PBCWUD) will temporarily modify its water disinfection process between Sunday, July 14 and Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. The modification will entail the use of free chlorine as opposed to […]

Audubon biologist finds himself at center of controversy

OKEECHOBEE — Dr. Paul Gray, of Florida Audubon, has been known to drink the untreated water from the marshy areas of Lake Okeechobee, illustrating his confidence that the marshes clean the water. Dr. Gray says a lot of good things are happening on the Big O with the return on some of the aquatic vegetation […]

SFWMD governing board looks north to address water quality problems

Slow the flow. Clean it north. Comments at the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board May 8 workshop meeting echoed the slogans of the Anglers for Lake Okeechobee as board members noted the need to clean the water before it goes into the big lake. “These increases in nutrients that are coming out of […]

Boil water notice lifted for areas of Port LaBelle

LABELLE  – (January 25, 2019) The boil water notice in effect for Country Village and the Florida SouthWestern State College campus in Port LaBelle has been lifted. Bacteriological tests run on the water returned with passing results. Residents may discontinue boiling their water. Residents with question or concerns are asked to call 863-675-5376.

Red tide fed by runoff into river and car exhaust

Nitrates from fertilizer were a major contributor to last summer’s red tide on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and car exhaust may also play a role, according to research conducted by Florida Gulf Coast University. Red tide is a higher-than-normal concentration of a naturally occurring, microscopic algae called Karenia brevis. This algae produces brevetoxins that can kill […]

Treatment process, backup plans protect Okeechobee’s water supply

OKEECHOBEE — As the summer heat brings the threat of algae blooms on Lake Okeechobee, the Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) is ready with their own testing, water treatment and backup plans. OUA pumps about 2.5 million gallons a day from Lake Okeechobee, explained OUA Executive Director John Hayford. The water pumps at the Clif Betts, […]