Venice, Florida, known as the City on the Gulf, provides water and wastewater services to a population of approximately 22,000 people. Located on the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota County, Venice was formerly established as a city in 1926 during the Florida land boom of the 1920s based on development plans created by John Nolen, a world-renowned city planner. The original vision of a community that would attract those who farmed, fished and vacationed included a major thorough fare known as Venice Avenue – a 200-foot boulevard with a 100-foot parkway in the center terminating in a plaza on the beach. The forward-looking city plan featuring Venice Avenue and building designs based on Northern Italian Renaissance architecture, birthed a city with a unique charm and style that continues today.
As the city’s population grew through the 20th century, so did demand for water and wastewater services. Forward thinking planning continued in this area as well, with installation in 1975 of one of the first reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plants in Florida to treat brackish ground water. Today the RO facility can produce up to 4.5 million gallons of high quality drinking water per day to meet the needs of approximately 22,000 customers. The distribution system includes two elevated storage tanks,
a booster station/ground storage tank and over 185 miles of distribution pipelines. The city also operates a water reclamation facility to treat wastewater collected from customers across the 16 square miles that define the city’s limits and produce reclaimed water for distribution to both bulk and individual users. In total, Venice operates and maintains approximately 350 miles of water, sewer and reuse water pipelines.
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