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Wastewater proves to not be a waste

The Hurlburt Field Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant’s reclaimed water storage tank holds 500,000 gallons of treated water for use at various locations on Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 4, 2013. The reclaimed water will be supplied to the CV-22 Osprey Helicopter wash rack, Air Park, community park/ball fields, Red Horse ball fields and other locations on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

The Hurlburt Field Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant’s reclaimed water storage tank holds 500,000 gallons of treated water for use at various locations on Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 4, 2013. The reclaimed water will be supplied to the CV-22 Osprey Helicopter wash rack, Air Park, community park/ball fields, Red Horse ball fields and other locations on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

The Hurlburt Field Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant’s reclaimed water storage tank holds 500,000 gallons of treated water for use at various locations on Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 4, 2013. The reclaimed water will be supplied to the CV-22 Osprey Helicopter wash rack, Air Park, community park/ball fields, Red Horse ball fields and other locations on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

The Hurlburt Field Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant’s reclaimed water storage tank holds 500,000 gallons of treated water for use at various locations on Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 4, 2013. The reclaimed water will be supplied to the CV-22 Osprey Helicopter wash rack, Air Park, community park/ball fields, Red Horse ball fields and other locations on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

A sign states the area is irrigated with reclaimed water at the Air Park on Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 4, 2013. Signs have been posted in locations throughout Hurlburt Field where the reclaimed water will be used (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

A sign states the area is irrigated with reclaimed water at the Air Park on Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 4, 2013. Signs have been posted in locations throughout Hurlburt Field where the reclaimed water will be used (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

Purple pipes signify the use of reclaimed water at the Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant on Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 4, 2013. The reclaimed water will be supplied to the CV-22 Osprey Helicopter wash rack, Air Park, community park/ball fields, Red Horse ball fields and other locations on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

Purple pipes signify the use of reclaimed water at the Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant on Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 4, 2013. The reclaimed water will be supplied to the CV-22 Osprey Helicopter wash rack, Air Park, community park/ball fields, Red Horse ball fields and other locations on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The Hurlburt Field Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant began operations to clean and recycle water for use around Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 4.

"Hurlburt Field is in a water resource caution area," said Jonathan Colmer, air/water program manager for 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron. "This means groundwater supply problems are projected within the next 20 years. Implementing the Hurlburt Field Reuse System will help conserve these groundwater resources for years to come."

The Hurlburt Field AWTP uses biological, chemical and mechanical treatment in order to treat wastewater effluent to Part III reuse quality standards.

In addition to this treatment, high-level disinfection is used to ensure any disease-causing pathogens are eliminated prior to the discharge of the reclaimed water into the distribution system.

"Public perception of the use of reclaimed water is often misunderstood," said Colmer. "But with today's treatment technology and knowledge of advanced wastewater treatment base personnel should be confident the reclaimed water will not be harmful."

The recycled water will predominantly be used for irrigation and wash rack purposes and will be supplied to locations on base such as the CV-22 Osprey helicopter wash rack, Air Park, Community park/ball fields, Red Horse ball fields and more.

All reclaimed water produced at the Hurlburt Field AWTP will meet federal and state reclaimed water effluent quality standards. This serves as public notification of the reuse of reclaimed water at Hurlburt Field.

Signs have been posted in the locations where the reclaimed water will be used.

For more information or concerns regarding reclaimed water please contact Base Environmental at 884-5192.