Green Works Orlando Green Updates
The City of Orlando has three wastewater treatment facilities that produce reclaimed water. Reclaimed water is highly treated wastewater which can be utilized for a variety of uses. Most common uses for reclaimed water in Orlando are habitat restoration and irrigation of green spaces such as golf courses, neighborhoods, apartment complexes, medians, schools and parks. Together, these projects represent a reduction of over 35 million gallons per day (MGD) to the demand on the Florida aquifer and will help to protect Central Florida’s lakes, wetlands and springs.
Due to the dry season, the amount of
water used to irrigate Orlando neighborhoods, businesses and rights of
way is at a record high. With the addition of new development to the
reclaimed water service area, coupled with a seasonal reduction of
rainfall, the demand for reclaimed water has grown greater than the
available supply. To help reduce the peak demand on the system and
provide better service, the City has established a reclaimed water
conservation program. Communities and businesses that use the City’s
reclaimed water for irrigation will only have access to the water on two
designated days of the week. Contact the Wastewater Division at (407)
246-2213 if you are unsure of which days these are for your location.
On Friday, May 16, Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando citizens and City employees participated in National Bike to Work Day. Gathering at the College Park Starbucks, they rode into Downtown Orlando ending at Orlando City Hall.
Designated a Bicycle Friendly Community since
2000, Orlando promotes bicycling as a form of
transportation by incorporating complete streets
policies to make roads safe and accessible to
giving away locks, lights, helmets and
reconditioned bikes; starting the Pedal for
Pride bike ride with the Parramore Kidz Zone;
and working directly with the Orlando Police
Department to provide education, safety training
and enforcement for bicycling.