Yesterday I (and 20+ others) had an interesting tour of one of Winter Gardens three water plants that provide drinking water to our city – we were told that between 4.5 million and 8 million gallons of water are used every day (varies by time of year), all pumped up 900ft or more from the Florida aquifer (which they described as a river under central Florida), along 223 miles of piping around the town!
We were told that the water quality coming up from underground is so good (tested many times each month) that there’s basically nothing needs to be done before its sent to homes – they add a “chlorine bleach” as that’s required by law.
Here’s some photos I took – note that the water tower in the first picture is one of three in town, all of which are no longer used as all water is pumped now …
Here’s links to each of the posts from our vacation to Minnesota and the Dakotas (and a bit of Wyoming!):
Minneapolis and St Paul (and the “spoonbridge and cherry” sculpture, St Paul State Capitol)
Sioux Falls (and many sculptures)
Porter Sculpture Park
The Corn Palace
Badlands National Park (and prairie dog tonw)
Rapid City presidential sculptures
Mount Rushmore (and Iron Mountain Road, and Needles Highway)
Custer State Park (and Bison / Buffalo)
Crazy Horse Memorial
Devil’s Tower (Wyoming, furthest west on this trip)
Theodore Roosevelt National Park (south)
Theodore Roosevelt National Park (north, Cannonball Concretions)
Bismarck State Capitol
Lake Itasca (headwaters of the Mississippi)
Little Falls (Charles Lindbergh museum)
Our final day of driving, and we stopped here to visit the Charles Lindbergh museum; he grew up here and the story goes that he saw a plane fly over, which inspired him to the career he later had! The museum is quite interesting, we learned a lot from the tour guide!