The St. Lucie and Martin County League of Women Voters wanted to learn more about the McCarty Ranch Preserve and Extension properties where the City's future surficial water treatment plant and water quality project are located. The group was presented with a detailed history and overview of the properties, projects, and future plans by Utility Systems Senior Assistant Director Brad Macek. They also took a driving tour of the Preserve and Extension properties to grasp the scope of work and further discuss the benefits of the projects.
The Water Quality Project will take approximately 1,871 acres of fallow citrus grove at the City’s McCarty Ranch Extension property (totaling 5,100 acres combined) and convert it to a shallow water storage facility, consisting of 7 reservoirs, capable of receiving water diverted from the C-23 Canal along with capturing an annual average of 53 inches of rain on the property, reducing the need to discharge.
More than 42.3 billion gallons of water flow annually into the North Fork of the St. Lucie River from the C-23 Canal. This project is anticipated to keep up to 21% of excess freshwater C-23 Canal discharges from entering the North Fork of the St. Lucie River.
If your group would like to schedule a facility tour and/or presentation to learn more about Port St. Lucie Utility Systems, contact Utility Marketing Coordinator Jenny Tomes at (772) 871-5131 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Presentations can include information about water conservation, water quality, water treatment and distribution, and wastewater collection and treatment.
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Utility Marketing and Digital Video Coordinator