In this section you will find helpful information about the City of West Melbourne's reclaimed water system. Please refer to the links on the left for important reuse information.
June 15, 2017 Reuse Update
With the welcome rains over the last two weeks, this will be the last weekly update for the peak spring demand of 2017.
Two weeks ago, the City completed the repair of a slowly leaking reuse main along Wingate Boulevard. Many thanks to the Westbrooke HOA and their irrigation contractor for alerting the City to this needed repair.
On June 6, the City Council determined to leave the 2008 policy on reuse rule enforcement unchanged.
With all the welcome rain, reuse demand has dropped markedly. This past spring, when too many users irrigated at the same time, pressures to any particular property dropped. One of the pieces of advice the City has offered is that users consider programming their irrigation a bit later in their authorized cycle, where spring demand curves have showed less than peak demand. For example, in south Westbrooke, those properties with odd numbered addresses generally experienced less pressure from the 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. part of their irrigation cycle, when demand had been peaking, than after 8 p.m., when demand started to drop off. Pressures for odd addresses in south Westbrooke generally improved from 8 p.m. right up until their irrigation cycle ends at 10 p.m.
Another year-round suggestion, of course, is that homeowners perform routine maintenance of their irrigation systems. If homes on either side of your property seem to have adequate pressures, and your property does not, it may be that you have an irrigation system that is not performing at peak efficiency as it once did. Replacing sprinkler heads is one fairly inexpensive thing to consider trying that might just help.
For the Timber Ridge neighborhood, an engineer from Orlando visited the site and has advised the City of his findings. On the day of his site visit, homes in the neighborhood used an average amount of reuse equivalent to more than 8/10ths of an inch of rain. The engineer has communicated his findings and recommendations to the City and Timber Ridge Homeowners Association. One of the suggestions under consideration is to convert Timber Ridge to an odd address/even address system like that in many other reuse neighborhoods. On June 2, there was a system pressure test performed for the Timber Ridge neighborhood. Another test was performed on June 9. Results have been communicated to neighborhood homeowners through their HOA Board.
For the Stratford Pointe neighborhood, for several weeks throughout the spring, the City's contract operator manually turned in-neighborhood valves such that during the Stratford Pointe cycle, residents downstream in the Hammock Lakes neighborhood were physically unable to take reuse irrigation during Stratford Pointe's time. However, this physical cut-off cannot work the other way so it continues to be imperative that Stratford Pointe residents do not irrigate during Hammock Lakes' turn. City Code Enforcement Officials have made efforts to enforce time of use enforcement in Stratford Pointe so as to provide as much reuse pressure as the system can provide to residents in Hammock Lakes.
As always, questions about reuse may be addressed to the City's contract operator, CH2M, at 984-0485.