Groundwater Replenishment

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Project Overview

The city of Clearwater is working to ensure the future of our water. After years of thorough analysis and testing, Clearwater is moving forward with the design and permitting phase of the Clearwater Groundwater Replenishment Project.

What It Does 

Groundwater replenishment purifies reclaimed water to a quality that is better than bottled water and recharges the aquifer using that purified recycled water. This process is safe and is used throughout the country and the world.

The Goal

The goal is to replenish the aquifer and provide a new local water supply that protects the ecosystem and environment. It also will ensure the sustainability of high-quality drinking water to meet current and future needs of the community.


Current project costs are about $33 million. This project is cooperatively funded by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.


This 3-minute video provides an overview of the Clearwater Groundwater Replenishment Project that will provide additional water supplies through a process called aquifer recharge. 


This 5-minute video provides a virtual tour of the city of Clearwater's pilot plant that operated in 2013 to 2014 and also about the purification process for the Clearwater Groundwater Replenishment Project.