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Port St. Lucie Utility recognized for outstanding plant operations and maintenance

Posted: June 26, 2014

2014 Outstanding Membrane Plant Award

Port St. Lucie's James E. Anderson Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant was named the 2014 Outstanding Membrane Plant by the Southeast Desalting Association (SEDA), an affiliate of the American Desalting Association.

Pierre Vignier, Water Facilities Superintendent, and Daryl Kelly, JEA Chief Operator, accepted the award during SEDA’s annual symposium held in Captiva Island, FL.

Thirteen of the Utility Department's eighteen water treatment operators, hold a SEDA Membrane Operator Certification, which means they have an advanced understanding of reverse osmosis processes.

The reverse osmosis treatment plant was named after former Councilman and Vice Mayor James E. (Jim) Anderson, who championed the health and welfare of this community during his professional career with the St. Lucie County Health Dept. He tirelessly supported the need for the City to construct state-of-the art treatment facilities and to expand its public water distribution and wastewater collections systems so that utility services became available throughout the city and portions of surrounding unincorporated St. Lucie County.  

The JEA plant opened in 2005, a little more than 10 years after the city acquired its water and wastewater utility. The plant has a current rated/permitted capacity to treat 22.5 million gallons daily (MGD). All combined, the city’s three water treatment plants are able to produce 41.65 MGD. Treated water from the three plants travels through nearly 1,200 miles of main in order to reach more than 66,000 customers.

For more information, contact:
Donna Rhoden
Port St. Lucie Utility Safety & Public Affairs Manager
City of Port St. Lucie
(772) 873-6400


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