Latest update for the reclaimed water pipeline from Fort Myers to Cape Coral

With all the rain we have had in Southwest Florida lately, it’s hard to even think about needing water right now but Cape Coral’s charging ahead with a plan to pipe treated wastewater from Fort Myers over to Cape Coral to use for irrigation.

The treated wastewater will keep your lawn green instead of just going directly into the river.

The water would be pumped from Fort Myers into the Cape’s already existing reclaimed irrigation water system around the city, reducing the need to pump water from canals which can get dangerously low during the dry season.

Cape Coral has already received money for the program but just learned millions more is available. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has $25 million to fund projects like this.

The decision on where that money will go will be decided in the next three months. The city is also submitting a grant to the South Florida Water Management District, who is equipped with $40 million in funding.

The money was set aside by Governor Ron DeSantis in the state budget pipeline, but it only covers about a fifth of this major project.

The project is expected to be done by January 2023.

Reporter:Andrea Henderson
Writer:Lincoln Saunders
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