Quick Facts on the South Central Regional Wastewater Treatment & Disposal Board

History and General Information


    South Central Regional Wastewater Board was created in 1974 as a Special District to treat the wastewater in the Boynton Beach and Delray Beach service areas.

Service Area

    The service area boundaries are: the Atlantic Ocean west to Military Trail, and Hypoluxo Road south to the Delray Beach, Boca Raton City limits.

Governing Body

    The Board consists of the five (5) City Commissioners from Boynton Beach and the five (5) City Commissioners from Delray Beach.

Regulatory Agencies

    The plant must operate within the limits established in a permit issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Resources (DEP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Palm Beach County Health Department.


    The plant is permitted to treat an average daily flow of 24 million gallons of wastewater a day. Our flows average 17 million gallons a day.

Collection System

    Boynton Beach and Delray Beach’s wastewater transmission mains and lift stations are used to flush and transport a variety of waste to our plant. The wastewater normally consists of more than 99.9% water. The less than 0.1% solids are significant, and we must reduce or remove.

Process and By-Products

What Is Our Job and How Is This Accomplished?

    Every day more than 17 million gallons of used water and sewage from local homes, hotels, schools, churches and businesses makes its way to 1801 North Congress Avenue.  Our job is to treat, disinfect and reclaim this “17 million gallons per day” and make it clean again so we can safely return it back to the environment.

How Is This Done?

  • We clean this water by a process called activated sludge. Activated sludge is a process within which millions of micro organisms live, grow and work. The work consists of removing soluble and particular organic food matter from the raw wastewater, and converting the foods into new cell growth. It is our job to keep these micro organisms balanced.

How Is The Waste Turned Back to the Environment?

    The two byproducts of activated sludge are clarified effluent and solids. The effluent is either utilized as reclaimed irrigation water or discharged into the deep injection well. The solids (sludge) are transported to a facility at the Solid Waste Authority in West Palm Beach and processed into fertilizer pellets.

Good Neighbors

Working Hard To Be Good Neighbors

    As we continue to add improvements and the latest advancements in odor control and odor detection, we hope that citizen complaints will decrease. In the future any construction or maintenance projects which could produce odors will be posted on our website ( so you will know what is happening at the plant. Odor is a very high priority with all the staff. We work in this environment everyday, and it is in our best interest to diligently contain all odors. Hopefully, in the future, we can continue meeting with you so that we both have a mutual understanding of one another’s problems.