The utility system is so stressed from new buildings in downtown Fort Lauderdale that a consultant suggests flushing toilets with wastewater from tubs, showers and sinks.
Using so-called “grey water” is just one idea being floated to handle the explosion of growth downtown. It comes from a Comprehensive Utility Strategic Master Plan developed earlier this year for the city by Reiss Engineering.
Other possible solutions:
* Rebuilding pump stations and laying new pipes at a multi-million dollar cost.
* Putting a meter on each new apartment rather than the building as a whole, which could encourage conservation.
Downtown wastewater is currently handled through pump station A-7 and then pumped to a wastewater treatment plant.
“Gravity flows currently received by pumping station A-7 are at the station’s maximum capacity levels,” consultants warn. “Any current and future growth will exceed the existing station’s capacity.”
Yet the warning signs that the water and sewers are overtaxed have been ignored for years by Fort Lauderdale City Hall.