CLEARWATER, Fla. — Reiss Engineering has completed the city’s new brackish reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plant (WTP), according to a press release.

The city previously used water from the Florida Aquifer and purchased water in bulk from a regional supplier, stated the release. The new WTP allows the city to meet consumer needs.

The existing WTP No. 2 was upgraded with a 6.25 million gallon-per-day (MGD) brackish water RO plant, reported the release. It is the “first award-winning, large-scale municipal system in Florida to treat H2S in RO permeate using ozone.”

The city incorporates sustainability practices outlined in the 2011 Clearwater Greenprint program, shared the release. The WTP was designed to increase efficiency, reduce environmental impact and save on costs.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District helped fund the $30 million project, noted the release. It will serve 100,000 customers per day. The grand opening of the No. 2 plant was held in June.

"Improving water quality is a priority of Reiss Engineering,” said Dr. Robert Reiss, president of Reiss Engineering, in the release. “Providing clean, safe drinking water is essential for any municipality and provides a great comfort level for residents. We are extremely pleased and excited that this project has become a reality.”

The WTP earned the 2015 Public Works Project of the Year Award from the Florida Chapter of the American Public Works Association, stated the release.