CERP Project:
Lake Okeechobee Aquifer Storage
and Recovery Pilot

The Lake Okeechobee pilot project initially consists of up to five ASR wells, each with an estimated capacity of five million gallons per day (mgd) per well. Three of the ASR wells will be located spatially around Lake Okeechobee to demonstrate ASR performance in geographically different areas. At one of the locations (Port Mayaca), a three-well cluster facility will be installed to demonstrate how multiple-well ASR systems perform. Monitoring wells and surface facilities will also be constructed at each of these systems.

The wells will be used to recharge and recover surface water from the Lake and/or its tributaries. Extensive water quality characterization and pilot treatment testing will take place during the permitting and design phase.  Once constructed, the Lake Okeechobee ASR pilot project systems (Kissimmee River and Port Mayaca locations) will be cycle tested to evaluate their ability to achieve assumed water quality and volumetric levels of performance, and recommendations for facility expansion.

ASR Informational Video (6 minutes)

Project Details:

Project Sponsor:

South Florida Water Management District

Project Schedule:

For scheduling information regarding this project, please see the Master Implementation Sequencing Plan (MISP).

Project Phase:

Installation and Testing

Design Agreement:

12 May 2000

CERP Component Designation:


Project Cooperation Agreement:



WRDA 1999 (Hillsboro and Okeechobee Aquifer, Florida pilots); WRDA 2007 (modification)


Project Contacts:

April Patterson
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Bob Verrastro
South Florida Water Management District

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