Hurricane Irma Update

BSU’s offices are open for normal business.
The precautionary boil water notice on Big Hickory, Little Hickory and Black Island, has been lifted. Please go to our website at BSU.us as new boil water notices may be issued for localized waterline breaks.
We continue asking our customers to please use water service sparingly. Power has been restored to about 100 lift stations, but many others are being pumped down periodically using portable generators. Keep in mind that although you may have power, the lift station serving your home may not. <br /k>Please limit the use of dishwashers and washing machines and keep showers short to avoid backups.
While water is available throughout our service area, individual homes or businesses may be shut off due to a leak in the service line or damage to a back flow preventer or other part of the distribution system. Repairs to those facilities are being made as quickly as possible.
Please check back for further updates and we thank you for your patience during this storm recovery period.

New Construction

First Capital Improvement Project Commences

 Construction activity improves or replaces water mains.

As part of  Bonita Springs Utilities, Inc (BSU) efforts to serve customers quality water, several improvement projects have been planned. The first project, the water main improvement project, started August 15, 2017. It involves replacement and/or installation of water mains, laterals, and gate valves. Check out the construction area and view the Story Map for several future projects; click here.

Board of Directors Meeting

board-meeting

NOTE: The September 19 Board meeting has been cancelled.
Join us for our next Board Meeting, October 3, 5:00 p.m.
11900 East Terry Street, Bonita Springs
All BSU members are welcome to attend.
Click HERE for agenda.

BSU honored with biosolids management excellence award

June 11, 2017

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. received a 2017 Biosolids/Residuals Program Excellence Award in the Small Operating Projects category from the Florida Water Environment Association. FWEA presented BSU with the award during this year’s Florida Water Resources Conference in West Palm Beach.

“This award reflects the dedication and performance of the BSU staff,” said BSU Executive Director John R. Jenkins. “Our plant operators, including Operations Director Andy Koebel and Lead Operator Jake Hepokoski, work hard to maintain and operate BSU’s water reclamation facilities.”

The award recognizes excellence in all areas of biosolids management, including sound management, effective stakeholder communication and community-friendly practices. Winning facilities are judged on outstanding, unique and innovative biosolids management programs and practices.

Completed in 2007, BSU’s East Water Reclamation Facility uses advanced membrane-bioreactor technology to recycle wastewater into biosolids pellets that are sold for fertilizer and effluent, which is used for outdoor irrigation. A system of centrifuges and dryers pulls virtually all the moisture from the wastewater. The resulting biosolids are less costly to haul than sludge, generate income for the utility and provide environmental benefits, such as increasing plant growth and reducing soil erosion.

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. is a not-for-profit water and wastewater utility cooperative founded by local citizens in 1971. 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 additional awards from the American Water Works Association, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association.

For more information, visit the BSU website at www.BSU.us.

Andy Koebel, Dennis White, Mark Sweitzer

BSU to conduct yearly water treatment change during May

April 24, 2017

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. will conduct its yearly change to the water-treatment process during May as a preventative-maintenance measure. Member-customers may notice a temporary and harmless difference in the smell or taste of their tap water.

“This yearly change to water treatment helps prevent bacteria from developing resistance to our usual disinfectant treatment process,” said Andy Koebel, director of operations at BSU. “Although there is a temporary change in the taste and smell of the water, it remains safe to drink and use for general household purposes.”

Water used for kidney dialysis and aquariums should go through additional filtering during this water-treatment change. BSU recommends those using at-home kidney dialysis machines contact their equipment suppliers, so proper filtering equipment can be installed. Tropical fish and aquatic animal owners should check with tropical fish stores to learn how to pretreat tap water before adding to tanks.

By temporarily switching to a free chlorine residual, BSU removes the small amount of ammonia that is used during the usual water disinfection process to prevent bacterial resistance. The change ensures that BSU’s water continues to remain clean, safe and drinkable.

To ensure the treated water reaches the entire system as quickly as possible, fire hydrants will be flushed more often than normal throughout the month. Member-customers who have questions about the process can call BSU weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 239-992-0711.

BSU produced more than 3.4 billion gallons of potable water during 2016, using two water-production processes. The utility blends water produced through the traditional lime-softening process with water from its reverse-osmosis facility for optimum taste and quality.

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. is a not-for-profit water and wastewater utility founded by local citizens in 1971. 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, Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association, and Florida Water Environment Association.

For more information, visit the BSU website at www.BSU.us.