Tampa Electric (NYSE: TE) received the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) 2015 Edison Award — during the 88th annual EEI Awards, in New Orleans — for its design and construction of a reclaimed water system at its Polk Power Station in Polk County, Florida.
“Tampa Electric demonstrated tremendous ingenuity by designing and building an innovative wastewater treatment system that protects the local environment while streamlining operations,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “The company also exhibited distinguished leadership by forging important regional partnerships to address the needs of all stakeholders.”
The company created regional partnerships with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, and the cities of Lakeland and Mulberry, where communities use treated wastewater for irrigation. However, much of the water was surplus that discharged into local waterways. Tampa Electric now utilizes the reclaimed wastewater as coolant, adding significant environmental benefits.
The facility also represents the first power plant in the U.S. to combine the use of reclaimed water and reverse-osmosis technology with deep-well disposal of wastewater.
Additionally, the project will advance the cleanup of area waterways and will improve local ecosystems.
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