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FPL breaks ground on state-of-the-art reclaimed water facility

FPL breaks ground on state-of-the-art reclaimed water facility

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FPL Miami-Dade Clean Water Recovery Center will reuse up to 15 million gallons of water per day to help deliver clean, reliable energy to residents in the county

Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) executives and Miami-Dade County community leaders donned hardhats and used ceremonial shovels to break ground on the future FPL Miami-Dade Clean Water Recovery Center (CWRC). In partnership with Miami-Dade County, the state-of-the-art, advanced reclaimed water treatment facility will further treat and reuse up to 15 million gallons per day of reclaimed water from the county. As one of the largest reclaimed water projects in the state, the facility will allow FPL to use 100% of the reclaimed water to cool the natural gas plant at FPL’s Turkey Point Clean Energy Center (Unit 5).

“We understand at FPL that serving the Sunshine State comes with the responsibility to be a good steward of Florida’s unique environmental resources,” said Kate MacGregor, FPL vice president of environmental services. “This project fulfills both those missions – helping conserve water in the Floridan aquifer while improving the resiliency of the Turkey Point Clean Energy Center to provide clean, affordable and reliable power to our customers.”

A win-win for FPL customers, Miami-Dade County and Florida, the CWRC will:
• Increase resiliency at the Turkey Point Clean Energy Center, which helps provide power for all FPL customers
• Help Miami-Dade County meet reuse requirements under Florida’s Ocean Outfall Legislation
• Provide a cost-effective way to reuse and recycle treated wastewater that would otherwise be discarded
• Conserve Floridan Aquifer groundwater at the Turkey Point site – a precious resource for all Floridians

“Miami-Dade County is at the forefront of climate innovation and we’re working each day to find new ways to protect our natural resources,” said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “This water reuse site is yet another example of how the public and private sector can come together to meet our environmental goals, by prioritizing reuse, protecting our drinking water source, and safeguarding our economy at the same time.”

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Working together to build a clean energy future
FPL and Miami-Dade are building a cleaner future for the county. The CWRC will be powered, in part, by zero-emissions solar energy. FPL and Miami-Dade County have partnered on clean energy projects since 2018, including the Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center, the future FPL Everglades Solar Energy Center, dozens of innovative solar arrays, numerous battery storage projects, a microgrid and a growing electric vehicle charging network. The CWRC project is the next step in this longstanding partnership and will deliver clean, reliable energy to residents for years to come.

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