Deep Injection Well Project: A Sustainable Approach for Water Treatment
The Town of Jupiter is committed to environmental stewardship, and on November 8, 2023, the Town Council awarded a $20 million contract to Youngquist Brothers for the construction of a state-of-the-art Deep Injection Well (DIW) at the Town's drinking water treatment plant. This project marks a significant shift in the disposal of by-product water, also known as concentrate, produced during membrane treatment processes.
Sustainable Approach and Environmental Impact
For the past 30 years, the Town has responsibly managed concentrate disposal by obtaining permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to release reverse osmosis (RO) concentrate into the Southwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River through a surface water outfall. However, due to nutrient impairments in the Loxahatchee River, surface water discharge is no longer a sustainable method. The redirection of RO concentrate from the River to the DIW is a crucial step towards environmental stewardship.
The DIW project is expected to eliminate 33,000 pounds of Total Nitrogen annually from the Loxahatchee River. This environmentally friendly approach ensures the preservation of the local ecosystem while addressing the challenges posed by nutrient impairments.
The construction of a DIW is a major undertaking that involves large drilling equipment, numerous settling tanks and continuous drilling operations at times. The project is expected to be completed in two years to ensure an environmentally responsible implementation. The Town's DIW will be approximately 3,300 feet deep, and will be able to inject up to 11.4 million gallons per day.
Project Timeline and Updates
Construction for the DIW is scheduled to start in March and the well drilling is expected to be completed in early 2026. Residents and businesses in proximity to the Town’s Water Treatment Plant may experience noise from construction equipment and related activities during this period.