We Love Our Water
Babcock Ranch, America’s first solar-powered hometown, was founded on core principles of sustainability and eco-responsibility. Now we’re proud to announce that our Babcock Ranch Water Reclamation Facility (WRF), operated by Town & Country Utilities, has been recognized with several top environmental protection awards for water reuse and water quality.
The Florida Water Environment Association presented the Babcock Ranch WRF with both the prestigious 2019 David W. York Award honoring outstanding water reuse projects in Florida and the important Earle B. Phelps Award, recognizing wastewater treatment facilities that have maintained the highest removal of pollutants in transforming wastewater into “reclaimed water” for responsible irrigation.
Additionally, Babcock Ranch Water Utilities received the 2018 Domestic Plant Operations Excellence Award for Drinking Water Plant Operations from the Florida Department of Environment Protection.
“Water everywhere in Babcock Ranch is protected for both humans and the natural environment thanks to the tradition of stewardship started by the Babcock family and anchored firmly in place as a founding principle of our new town. In addition to award-winning water management, here are a few more things our residents are proud of:
• Landscape requirements for low impact native and naturalized landscape materials increase water conservation without sacrificing beauty and enjoyment.
• WaterSense® compliant fixtures in all homes as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. WaterSense is a voluntary EPA partnership program dedicated to conserving water resources for future generations.
(Also a money saver for residents.)
• Rehydrating the preserve area around Curry Lake through a series of weirs has naturally restored historic conditions and brought back the native bird population–the rebound in the ecosystem has been remarkable.
• Rather than manmade solutions for storm water, we are working to restore the capacity of natural systems to slow and filter surface water naturally and thoroughly.