Titusville’s New Area IV Wellfield Completed, ‘Working Beautifully’
By Maureen Phillips, Titusville // February 10, 2016
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – The Area IV Wellfield project has been completed. “It took a bit longer than we originally anticipated, but it is now completed and working beautifully,” said Titusville’s Water Resources Director Sean Stauffer describing the completion of the second and final phase of Titusville’s newest wellfield, Area IV.
The initial phase of the Area IV Wellfield came online in late 2012. At startup, approximately 245,000 gallons of raw water per day was pumped from the wellfield to Titusville’s Mourning Dove Water Treatment Plant.
The rate increased to 0.75 million gallons of water per day (mgd) when the first phase was completed. With the completion of the final phase, that flow rate has increased to 2.75 mgd.
The new wellfield provides Titusville with another source to tap for its water supply. The Area IV wellfield pumps water from the Floridan Aquifer; while Titusville’s two other wellfields pump water from the Surficial Aquifer.
Water from the new wellfield is blended with water from the City’s existing wellfields at Titusville’s water treatment plant, the Mourning Dove.
Blending the water makes the new water source transparent to customers, who have not experienced any difference in the taste of the drinking water they have received since the wellfield first came online.
One of the strongest reasons for choosing to develop the new wellfield was that this new water source would not require Titusville to change any of its current treatment processes or cause any substantial changes to the treatment facility.
Titusville has worked for over twelve years to develop the wellfield to ensure water for its future. Titusville joined with Farmton Water Resources to create a public-private company known as TIFA, LLC in order to make the wellfield a reality.
The city also overcame physical obstacles to the project by constructing a twelve-mile transmission line from the wellfield to the Mourning Dove facility.
The Area IV Wellfield, located in northwest Brevard County, is anticipated to provide significant long-term water supply benefits to current Titusville area residents, as well as future residents.