- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - The central Florida city of Altamonte Springs is breaking ground on a water reclamation project.

The project unveiled Friday allows 4.5 million gallons of runoff water a day to be preserved and turned into reclaimed water for irrigation.

Even though the project was developed by officials in Altamonte Springs, a suburb of Orlando, it will benefit a neighboring city and also the state Department of Transportation.

The city of Apopka will get use of the reclaimed water in exchange for storing it. Transportation officials won’t have to build a retention pond to hold and treat storm water when a $2.3 billion face-lift of Interstate 4 starts next year.

The project also will reduce pollutants from running into the Little Wekiva River and reduce Altamonte Springs’ withdrawals from the Florida Aquifer.

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