Largo’s new Wastewater Treatment Operations Center is designed to withstand the storm of the future while conserving the resources of the present.
The City operates an 18-million-gallon-per-day wastewater reclamation facility that provides sanitary sewer treatment for the City and additional areas within the Largo Sewer District. During severe wet weather events, sanitary sewers can overflow, discharging sewage into local waterways.
Largo has invested heavily in improved infrastructure to reduce the occurrence of these overflows and prepare itself for climate change and the possibility of the larger, stronger storms of the future.
That investment in the future includes the new $8-million Wastewater Treatment Operations Center. The 13,187-SF facility was built to withstand Cat 5 hurricanes with wind speeds up to 171 mph, storm surges of nearly 20 feet and projected sea level rise of 3.4 feet over the next 50 years.
But while this facility prepares the City for the worst, its construction and operation showcase the very best in sustainable building practices. Many of the construction materials are environmentally friendly, locally sourced and low emitting. Energy performance within the facility is optimized, water usage is minimized and the building lifecycle impact is reduced. Construction debris is recycled whenever possible. Construction was completed in 2021.