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Southwest Water Reclamation Facility


North Port, FL



Delivery Method


Client Type

Private System for Municipal Use

Project Type

  • Plant
Owner’s first CMAR project
2 MGD facility expandable to 4 MGD
$2.8 million in VE savings

The recent development of the Wellen Park district brought about thousands of new homes and shops to North Port, Florida, but the city’s wastewater system could not accommodate the sudden influx of people. The new Southwest Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) provides a much-needed solution for the growing community. The completed plant was constructed on an aggressive schedule and allows for a 2 million gallon per day (MGD) flow, expandable to 4 MGD. 

Garney constructed the WRF on a 17-acre forested site. The facility’s design included deep bed sand filtration, sodium hypochlorite disinfection, a reclaimed pumping station for irrigation, a reject storage tank, aerobic digestion, a centrifuge facility for biosolids processing, septage receiving station, and operations and electrical control buildings. 

Other aspects of the project include a fine bubble flexible membrane diffuser with high-speed turbo blowers, chemical feed facilities, two secondary clarifiers, an aerobic coarse bubble diffuser, headworks with an odor control system, and stormwater ponds. 

Garney collaborated with the design engineer, client, and end user to meet the needs of all parties to construct the new WRF on time and within budget. Construction costs were reduced through value engineering efforts that exceeded $2.8 million while maintaining the end users’ preferences for specific design features, architectural elements, and process equipment manufacturers.

The facility now treats the wastewater of the surrounding community and will support the growing population.