Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. received a 2017 Safety Award from the Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association for its outstanding safety record at the East Water Reclamation Facility. BSU was previously recognized with this award in 2013.

“We are proud to have our operations staff’s hard work and performance recognized through this award,” said BSU Executive Director John R. Jenkins. “The entire department is dedicated to operating BSU’s water reclamation facilities with a safety-first approach.”

Completed in 2007, BSU’s East Water Reclamation Facility uses advanced membrane-bioreactor technology to recycle wastewater for public irrigation and biosolids for use in fertilizer. A system of centrifuges and dryers pulls virtually all the moisture from the sludge, rather than hauling and spreading on rural lands. This results in no sludge hauling costs, less environmental impacts to waterways, and a modest income source for the utility.

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. is a not-for-profit water and wastewater utility cooperative founded by local citizens in 1970. The member-owned utility provides service in the City of Bonita Springs, the Village of Estero and unincorporated South Lee County. The utility is recognized as an industry leader with awards from the American Water Works Association, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association. For more information, visit www.BSU.us.