FPL and Miami-Dade County have developed a potential agreement to supply treated wastewater as cooling water for the new units at Turkey Point.
FPL has used reclaimed water for cooling power plants in other projects, most recently at our natural gas combined cycle units located at our West County Energy Center in Palm Beach County. FPL's experience in using reclaimed water will be applied at our proposed Turkey Point units to maximize the reuse of this vital resource.
FPL has selected radial collector wells as the backup cooling water source, which would provide water from the marine environment when reclaimed water is not available. The wells are specifically designed to have no adverse environmental impact.
The radial collector wells would provide saltwater from approximately 25 to 40 feet beneath Biscayne Bay as the backup supply. The wells would be located on the Turkey Point site east of the existing power-generating units.
For nearly 90 years, radial collector wells have been used to withdraw water from beneath large bodies of water for municipal drinking water supply, industry, and even large aquariums.