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Local permit furthers protection of water supply and water quality

MAITLAND, Fla., May 11, 2017 -- Students who attend Building Hope Charter School in Orange County may not know that their school was built to help protect Florida's water supply and water quality. The St. Johns River Water Management District recently permitted a stormwater harvesting pond at the school to facilitate phosphorus removal as well as provide water for irrigation.

"Our regulatory staff strives for accuracy as we work to provide effective solutions that benefit our water resources," said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. "Water conservation is crucial, as it plays a significant role in determining future water supply needs. We require all permit holders to use water as efficiently as possible, which includes using reclaimed water or stormwater for irrigation."

Located within the Lake Apopka Hydrologic Basin and within the Wekiva Recharge Protection Basin, the stormwater harvesting system provides significant removal of both dissolved and suspended pollutants. When complete, the pond will meet the required phosphorus removal efficiency of 86 percent.

The stormwater harvesting pond also captures runoff and is the primary source for irrigation, providing an average of 4.6 million gallons per year of supplemental water for watering the landscape. Using stormwater for irrigation helps reduce the demand for potable groundwater.

The project is unique for the 12.5-acre site, which is smaller than most properties that use stormwater harvesting.