Potable (Drinking) Water
The City of Winter Springs serves 33,430 residents with an average of 3,560,000 gallons of water each day through 13,347 active potable water connections. We have 168 miles of potable water lines transporting water from 3 water treatment plants to homes and businesses throughout the City.
- Water Treatment Plant 1 is located on Northern Way near Trotwood Park
- Water Treatment Plant 2 is located on Sheoah Boulevard behind the Highlands tennis courts.
- Water Treatment Plant 3 is located at the corner of Bahama Road and Edgemon Avenue.
The City's source of drinking water comes from the Floridan Aquifer (groundwater). Water is pumped from the aquifer using 8 different wells located throughout the City. The water is treated with aeration and chlorination using liquid chlorine. Aeration removes hydrogen sulfide from the water. Chlorine is used to disinfect the water to ensure that a clean, safe product is delivered to your home. The water has an average hardness of 150 mg/l or 8 grains. For more information on the quality of the drinking water, please refer to the current and past Drinking Water Quality Reports posted on the utility webpage.
Reclaimed Water: There are 24 miles of force mains, 112 miles of gravity mains, and 43 lift stations that transport wastewater from homes and business to 2 wastewater treatment facilities in the City. There are currently 1,711 reclaimed water connections.
- Wastewater Treatment Plant 1 is located by the Winter Springs Golf Course on the west side of the Highlands community.
- Wastewater Treatment Plant 2 is located by Sam Smith Park in Tuscawilla.
The facilities treat all the grey water, such as from showers, washers, and sinks, as well as sewage. The wastewater is treated to a degree that it is free of bacteria and other contaminants and is then supplied back to the public in the form of reclaimed water. Excess reclaimed water that is not used by utility customers is disposed of in one of 5 percolation ponds or spray fields throughout the City. These are areas where water is allowed to percolate into the ground and back into the aquifer.
In 2012, the City finished construction of the Lake Jesup Augmentation Facility. Located just north of the dog park on the shore of Lake Jesup, the facility consists of pumps and a storage tank to draw water from Lake Jesup for the purpose of irrigation. If needed to meet irrigation demand, this water is used to supplement the existing reclaimed water supply.
Reclaimed water is used only for lawn irrigation and is a great way to save money. Reclaimed water is currently charged at a lower rate than potable water and there are no sewer fees. Residents are also permitted to irrigate with reclaimed water 2 days per week all year, rather than irrigating only 1 day per week during Standard Time, as is required for all potable customers and those residents with an irrigation well. Reclaimed water is safe and does not contain bacteria, viruses, or other contaminants. It can have a higher salt and nutrient content, which is why it is not safe for consumption. The University of Florida states that reclaimed water can safely be used to irrigate vegetable or fruit crops that will be cooked or peeled before consumption.
Reclaimed Water Information
Annual Drinking Water Reports
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why does my water smell?
Drinking water odors can occur for various reasons:
If you have been away from your home for an extended period, the water sitting in the plumbing lines may have developed a stagnant odor.
Flush the lines for 2-3 minutes before use to eliminate any odorous water.
If you have a point of entry water filtration system for your home, it will remove most or all of the chlorine from the water. Water from the Floridan Aquifer is often high in hydrogen sulfide. Chlorine counteracts this odor, but when the chlorine is removed, the odor becomes apparent.
When I take the aerators off my sink, they are black. What's wrong with the water?:
These residues are not the result of poor water quality, but rather indicate the presence of naturally occurring fungi, possibly in combination with bacteria, which are common and are generally harmless. Fungal spores can enter your house through open windows and doors, on your pet, and on your own hair and clothing. The spores that find a moist environment will be more likely to thrive. A constantly damp surface where the water stands long enough to lose its residual chlorine will serve as a prime growth media. Periodically remove and soak your sink aerators in a dilute bleach solution, using an old toothbrush to scrub them.
Why does my water taste and smell like chlorine? Chlorine is used to disinfect the water. While groundwater is fairly clean and free of contaminants, the chlorine ensures that any bacteria that may enter the utility system, such as during water line repairs, are eliminated.
Why does reclaimed water smell and cause orange stains on the sidewalk? A sulfurous smell and orange stains on sidewalks and buildings comes from the water drawn from a shallow irrigation well; not reclaimed water. The groundwater is naturally high in hydrogen sulfide, which produces a rotten egg smell, and high in iron, which produces the orange stains. Reclaimed water does not contain high levels of either of these substances.