This reclaimed water project reduces groundwater pumping and wastewater nutrient loading in the Crystal River/Kings Bay springshed.
The project provides highly treated wastewater, known as reclaimed water, from the City of Crystal River to the Duke Energy power plant in Citrus County. Infrastructure was built to transport all reclaimed water from the City of Crystal River’s wastewater sprayfield to the Duke Energy power generation complex, located west of U.S. Highway 19.
This project benefits the Crystal River/Kings Bay springshed and water bodies by replacing 750,000 gallons per day of valuable groundwater with reclaimed water for industrial uses at the power plant.
The project also reduces the amount of nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, entering the springshed by eliminating wastewater discharges being applied to the city’s sprayfield.
The District cooperatively funded the project with the City of Crystal River and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Duke Energy provided additional funds for construction within the power plant complex.
Construction began May 2014 and was completed June 2015.
The District is recognized as a leader in the promotion and development of reclaimed water. Click here for more information on reclaimed water including its benefits, common uses and the wastewater-to-reclaimed water process.