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Kanapaha Water Reclamation Facility

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Kanapaha Water Reclamation Site

This 150-acre site was once used as a rest stop for Seminole Indians traveling in the area.

Due to Gainesville's growing population in the 1970s, the Kanapaha Water Reclamation site was built to serve the northwest and southwest communities. In 2003, the capacity was increased from treating 10 million gallons per day to 14.9 million.

Most of this reclaimed water serves as the source of GRU's reclaimed water program, which is used for local irrigation and aesthetic water features. This program reduces the amount of groundwater that must be pumped from the ground and treated, thus helping to preserve drinking water for our community’s future water supply needs.

Read about the history of Kanapaha Water Reclamation Facility


Request a Tour

GRU offers guided tours of its utility plants, including the Kanapaha Water Reclamation Facility. 

A tour of the facility gives you a behind-the-scenes look into the working of a wastewater treatment plant. The tour is flexible and can be easily adapted to fit the education and level of interest of the group.

Group tours of the water reclamation facilities are available free of charge. Please allow a minimum of 1.5 hours for the tour.

For more information, visit the Facility Tours and Speakers page.

Review tour requirements

* Tours are available Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

* The tour request form must be submitted a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of the proposed tour date.

* Tours take place outside and in an industrial setting; all visitors must dress appropriately and wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.

* The maximum number of participants per group is 15. There is a maximum of two tours allowed per day.

*The person who requests the tour must be present for the tour(s).

To arrange a facility tour, please complete the online request form