Construction of the next major project for the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee is set to begin in April following the South Florida Water Management District’s award of a $175.8-million lump-sum contract to Phillips and Jordan, Inc.
Phillips & Jordan (P&J) will lead construction of the A-2 Stormwater Treatment Area, a 6,500-acre constructed wetland that will naturally treat water discharged from the A-2 reservoir before it flows south into the Everglades. The reservoir and associated structures are part of an estimated $1.8-billion project under the joint state and federal Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.
Holland Pump signed an installation contract with P&J to install their Wellpoint Equipment they bought from Holland Pump last September. That Wellpoint Equipment sale was $106,000 for Holland, with an install contract of $99,000. Holland Pump is also providing them with 2 – 10″ Rotary Lobe Wellpoint Pumps and an 8″ Suction Lift Pump to assist with their dewatering efforts. Lastly, Holland Pump has ordered 4 – 12″ Rotary Lobe Pumps to be delivered at the end of this month and on-rent for 11 months. Great job Doug Wyckoff and team in making this project a success.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will build the 10,500-acre reservoir with 240,000 acre-ft capacity. A Corps spokesman says the agency expects to award a contract for that work late in 2021 with completion estimated in 2027 or 2028.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has promised to invest $2.5 billion in Everglades restoration and protection of the state’s water resources.