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The City of Bartow’s Water Reclamation Facility is a 4.0 million gallon per day sequencing batch reactor (SBR) facility operating in a mode comparable to extended aeration. The biological process is designed to remove solids and BOD to concentrations of less then 10mg/l from the plant’s effluent. The effluent is then pumped approximately nine miles south of the City of Bartow WRF site to a holding pond at Hines Energy Complex owned by Progress Energy. Progress Energy then uses this discharge effluent, instead of water from the Florida aquifer, in their cooling towers to provide electricity for the citizens of Florida.

State Licensing

All City of Bartow Water Reclamation Facility Operators are state licensed and licenses are updated every 2 years with Continuing Education units (CEUs).

Plant Contacts

  • Connie L. Adcock, Plant Supervisor: (863) 534-0147
  • Wiley Pratt, Lead Operator: (863) 534-0146

After Hours Utilities Emergency

The telephone numbers are (863) 534-5034 or (863) 534-0134. These numbers will ring into the Bartow Police Department Utilities dispatch.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received the subgrant application for City of Bartow Water Reclamation Facility and Lift Station repair due to damages in Hurricane Irma (DR-4337-FL PW 07580). Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 and 44 CFR Part 9.12, final notice is hereby given of FEMA’s intent to provide funding for this project under the Public Assistance (PA) Program.

An initial disaster-wide Public Notice was published October 6, 2017 for Hurricane Irma. Comments and other information received were fully evaluated by FEMA along with evaluation of social, economic, environmental, and safety considerations. This notice serves as a project-specific final notice for FEMA’s funding action located within the floodplain.

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions. This action complies with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements.

Responsible Entity: FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program

Applicant: City of Bartow

Project Title(s): PA-04-FL-4337-PW-07580; 31585 - Water Reclamation Facility / Lift Station #5 Re

Location of Proposed Work: 2505 E Wabash St, Bartow, Florida 33830 ~ (27.89308, -81.81353).

Floodplain: Project is located in the AE Zone, otherwise known as the 100-year flood plain, per Polk County FIRM Panel # 12105C0515G dated 12/22/2016.

Proposed Work and Purpose: The City of Bartow replaced an awning structure to meet current wind codes and standards, replaced a PLC unit, replaced SBR actuators, and replaced screening units.

Project Alternatives: The alternative that has been considered is the no action alternative. This alternative is not feasible as the area will remain vulnerable to flood risk, including property damage and hazards to human life and safety. Alternate locations are not practicable as the damages are a part of a larger facility.

Comments: This will serve as the final public notice regarding the above-described action funded by the FEMA PA program. Interested persons may submit comments, questions, or request a map of this specific project by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 4, 3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341 or by emailing FEMAR4EHP@ Comments should be sent in writing with the subject line FL-4337-07580, City of Bartow, at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.


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