The city of Boca Raton in Florida, USA, is to expand its In-City Reclamation Irrigation System (IRIS) from 7-8 MGD (26,500-30,000 m³/d) to 17.5 MGD (66,000 m³/d) during the next five years. Bidding is currently under way.
The IRIS treatment plant in Boca Raton.
The city's Utility Services Department developed IRIS, one of the first reclaimed water systems in southeast Florida, to recycle wastewater for non-potable uses such as irrigation of landscaped areas and golf courses. Water is reclaimed at the city's Glades Road Utility Services Complex, an award-winning treatment facility using a multi-stage treatment process and pumped through pipes completely separated from the city's drinking water system.
The February/March edition of D&WR, now going to press, will carry a major feature, South Florida embraces desalination and reuse for the future.