New wastewater treatment plant to help increase health of Weeki Wachee River

Posted at 6:30 PM, Oct 16, 2018

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. — Each of us use nearly 100 gallons of water every single day, that is why Hernando County is building a new wastewater treatment plant to help increase the quality and quantity of the aquifer. 

The water that comes to the new Glen Wastewater Treatment Plant is cleaned and reclaimed, which means the water can be used again for agriculture and watering nearby golf courses.

"By delivering groundwater to customers who would otherwise have to use fresh groundwater, we’re able to reduce our demand for from groundwater from the aquifer," said Tommy Kiger an engineer for Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Officials say this will help the groundwater quality too because wastewater processed at the new plant, will be much cleaner when it goes back into the ground. Opposed to the water that is high in nitrogen at the old plant in Spring Hill, which causes algae growth on the Weeki Wachee River.

"We’re doing our best to save the Weeki Wachee Springs and Weeki Wachee River for generations to come by reducing the nitrogen in the water that has led to algae blooms," said John Allocco, Hernando County Commissioner.

Officials say the new plant is expected to be completed by the end of next summer.