The Tohopekaliga Water Authority (TWA), along with other stakeholders, are collaborating to design an alternative water supply (AWS) reservoir on a 450-acre property, formerly known as Judge Farms, along the northern shore of Lake Tohopekaliga, also known as Lake Toho.
WSP USA is providing TWA with water resource consulting and engineering services to permit, design and implement the project. The team has completed conceptual design, analysis and water use permitting for the AWS infrastructure portions of the project. TWA’s project partner, Osceola County, is currently constructing the reservoir to provide storm water management as part of site development efforts.
“Due to environmental and regulatory constraints, the future use of traditional groundwater sources in the central Florida region will be limited,” said Dale Helms, project manager for WSP. “This project, when constructed, will provide up to six million gallons per day of new water supply to TWA’s 14,500 non-potable customer connections, impacting up to 35,000 residents.”
Once completed, the Judge Farms project will provide the region with multiple benefits, including regional flood control, storm water treatment, water quality improvements in Lake Toho, reuse system augmentation, and a public park.
“The new reservoir will harvest and store storm water and surface water for non-potable water system augmentation,” said Saurabh Srivastava, deputy project manager for WSP. “It will also provide nutrient removal from surface waters that discharge to Lake Toho and the Kissimmee River, part of the headwaters for the Florida Everglades.”
The Judge Farms project is one of the sustainable solutions included in the Central Florida Water Initiative regional water supply plan as a way to offset impacts from the overuse of traditional groundwater supplies.