In March 2023, U.S. Water, in partnership with ACCIONA, was awarded a five-year contract with an additional five-year renewal to provide design support, start-up and commissioning, and long-term operations of the Polk Regional Water Cooperative’s (PRWC) new water facilities. The contract value is $8 million dollars annually. The PRWC will provide services to nearly 1 million customers.
The Polk Regional Water Cooperative is a non-profit, special district agency formed by Polk County and its 15 member governments that work together to proactively identify alternative water sources and projects that will sustain the future water supply needs of the County. Two such future alternative water supply projects approved by the PRWC that will utilize the brackish groundwater of the Lower Floridian Aquifer include the Southeast Wellfield and Water Supply Facility and the West Polk Wellfield and Water Supply Facility in Polk County, FL. The Southeast Wellfield and Water Supply Facility is 12.5 million gallons per day (MGD) advanced water treatment plant utilizing reverse osmosis technology. Design is underway with construction anticipated to begin in 2024 and drinking water delivery to begin in 2027. The West Polk Wellfield and Water Supply Facility is a 10 MGD advanced water treatment plant utilizing reverse osmosis technology. A preliminary design report for this water production facility and transmission system was accepted by the Southwest Florida Water Management District in October of 2021. Final design was initiated in October of 2022.
U.S. Water and ACCIONA will be providing support to the design of the facilities as well as startup, commissioning and ultimately long-term operations for both facilities.