Burnt Store History
The Burnt Store service area and associated treatment facilities were acquired from Florida Water Services in December 2003. In 2008, a second deep injection well was constructed for the disposal of reverse osmosis process waste and for the Burnt Store Water Reclamation Facility effluent.
A water plant expansion was completed in January 2010 and included a new transformer, generator, electrical room, and operations building. Three new reverse osmosis trains were installed as well as a 500,000-gallon ground storage tank, five chemical feed systems, an upgraded degasifier system, and a high service pump system. Two production wells and nine monitoring wells were also drilled as part of the expansion.
Burnt Store Site
The Burnt Store Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is located near the Charlotte/Lee County line and shares the nearly 75-acre location with the Burnt Store Water Reclamation Facility.
The Water Treatment Process at Burnt Store
The Floridan and Hawthorne aquifers are water sources for the Burnt Store WTP. The plant uses reverse osmosis technology, in which membranes are used to remove excess minerals, salts, and other impurities.
Water is sent through membrane elements, which are housed inside holding tubes that form a train or reverse osmosis production unit. The WTP currently uses five reverse osmosis production units, which can produce a total of 3.25 million gallons of water each day.
For each gallon of water sent to the production units, 80% is usable water and 20% is sent to waste. The waste or concentrate water is pumped down into one of two deep injection wells that are both approximately 3,000 feet deep.
The plant is capable of treating up to 3.6 million gallons of water per day, allowing Charlotte County Utilities to meet both current and future water demands for the Burnt Store service area.
17430 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33955