Reverse osmosis membrane system
treats water obtained from deep
underground in the Floridan Aquifer.
Upon completion of the treatment
process, the water quality is similar in
purity to that of distilled water.
Clarifier is shown in the foreground
at the South Water Treatment Plant.
The water source is Lake
Washington, part of the St. Johns
A "Groundwater Guardian" Community designation, which indicates that significant efforts are underway to protect water resources, was earned by Melbourne through work in 1998. Only one other city in Florida has earned the designation from the nonprofit Groundwater Foundation, headquartered in Nebraska.
The designation came after a year of work by a committee headed by Melbourne employees and including representatives of the community, the St. Johns River Water Management District, and the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service.
Activities which earned the designation range from the capping of artesian wells to sponsorship of an Eco-Trek Youth Summit which encourages students to plan water conservation activities. Projects also included an environmental award program for businesses, a comprehensive water conservation publication distributed with newspapers, promotion of low-flow toilets, a quarterly newsletter, a household hazardous waste collection program, and an education program for commercial landscapers.