Cape Coral will have more reclaimed water which will help to maintain freshwater canal levels during the dry season.
Everest Water Reclamation Facility
Connection Point: Horton Park in Cape Coral
Horizontal Directional Drilling
Horizontal directional drill, or HDD, is a surface to surface pipe installation method with an entrance and exit site at each end of the drill. Limited work areas are needed on each side of the Caloosahatchee River on the south side of Midpoint Bridge. Using this trenchless technology will allow the new pipeline to be installed while avoiding harm to the environment. Watch the video above to see a demonstration of the HDD process.
Project Timing and Progress
Cape Coral: Everest Parkway and River Pipeline Design & Permitting
June 2020 – The project is currently in the design and permitting phase.
Cape Coral – Everest Parkway: Fall 2021 – Summer 2022 (anticipated dates)
Construction of the uplands portion of the pipeline on the north side of Everest Parkway from the Everest Water Reclamation Facility to Horton Park is expected to begin in fall 2021 and anticipated to be completed in summer 2022.
Step 1: Pilot Bore
The first step in the Horizonal Directional Drill process is to drill the pilot bore. This is done by pushing and rotating a drill bit along the planned path from the entry location to the exit location. Once the pilot bore reaches the exit pit, this step in the Horizontal Directional Drill process is complete.
Step 2: Reaming
Step 2 in the Horizontal Directional Drill process is reaming. This consists of pushing or pulling reaming, or widening, tools of larger diameters through the pilot bore, making the bore larger until the desired diameter is achieved.
Step 3: Fusing the reclaimed water transmission (product) pipe
The pipe sections will be lined up end to end, fused together and then inspected. The pipe is then pressure tested with water and drained, then placed on rollers with cranes and lifting equipment and strung along Everest Parkway. The rollers help stabilize and guide the pipe into the bore pit. Once the pipe is fused, staged, and tested, it is ready to be pulled into the reamed bore.
Step 4: Pull Back
During the final step, the reclaimed water transmission pipe will be pulled back in its entirety through the reamed path from Horton Park at the west end of Everest Parkway toward the Fort Myers side of the river. The pipe will be tested again and connected to the newly installed reclaimed water transmission main pipe on Everest Parkway from Horton Park to the Everest Parkway Water Reclamation Facility. The City of Fort Myers will then connect the east end of the pipe to their South Advanced Water Treatment Facility.