Utilities - Wastewater Division
Emergency WATER issues during regular business hours call: 352.742.6222 (emergency service calls are routed through the Lake County Sheriff's Office dispatch services during the evenings/weekends/holiday's)
Emergency SEWER issues during regular business hours call: 352.742.6462
Emergency water/sewer issues evenings and weekends call: 352.742.6300
July 9, 2019 - Public Notice:Grant Funding Application for Project HMGP 4337-743 City of Tavares, Wastewater Lift Stations, Generator
The Wastewater Division operates one water reclamation facility and the old Caroline Facility, which has been converted into a .5MGD Master lift station. The recently expanded, Woodlea Road Water Reclamation Facility is an extended aeration facility with pretreatment screening, aeration, clarification, filtration, chlorination and sludge treatment. The facility presently has a capacity of 3.0 million gallons a day with the ability to upgrade to a 3.5mgd facility with some additional process control equipment.
We currently are treating approximately 1.5 million gallons day. The treated wastewater is pumped to rapid infiltration basins for disposal, which are rotated on a weekly basis. Laboratory testing of all waste (liquid and solid) generated is conducted on site to meet State and Federal Regulations. Activities include, weekly, quarterly and yearly sampling of the treated water, groundwater, and treated waste sludge for compliance.
The division currently maintains and operates 70 lift stations throughout the City. Lift stations are regional pumping stations designed to pump wastewater from smaller areas to the wastewater treatment facilities. We have a plan in place to electronically monitor all of the lift stations to maintain oversight 24/7 days a week to preserve and protect the public health and environment. Modifications are ongoing at the facility to help maintain existing energy rates or chemical costs. We presently have 2 full time certified operators that hold double “A” licensure from the state of Florida and 1 part time class “C” to assist on weekend coverage. The
City is presently working on a plan to rehabilitate and increase the capacity of the wastewater collection system in the CRA District. This area has antiquated infrastructure over 50 years old with undersized piping inadequate for today's needs. Infrastructure this old is a continuous and expensive maintenance issue. The City recently received a $15.5M loan with a $1.5M grant to complete this work from the USDA.