George T. Lohmeyer Wastewater Treatment Plant is a central regional facility where wastewater is treated for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, and Port Everglades, as well as sections of Tamarac and unincorporated Broward County.
Prior to 1978, there were eight individual wastewater treatment plants. Following the recommendation made in a Broward County wastewater management systems facilities plan, the eight communities agreed to create one centralized facility in March of 1978. This initiative has substantially reduced the operating and maintenance costs and provides a higher level of environmental protection for all communities involved. The new plant was completed and placed into full operation on January 31, 1986.
GTL is named after former Utilities Director George T. Lohmeyer, in memory of his dedicated service to the City of Fort Lauderdale and his efforts in making this facility a model plant.
- Read the GTL Brochure
About GTL Staff
GTL has a specialized staff of employees with technical expertise and varied backgrounds, including: operators, mechanics, maintenance workers, technicians, and electricians.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection certifies all wastewater operators. The size and complexity of the GTL plant requires an operator with a Class “A” license to be on site, or available approximately 40 hours per week. An operator with a Class “C” license must be on site at all times.
Operators support the plant 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some of their responsibilities include scheduling sampling and adjusting settings for the changing characteristics of the wastewater and flow rates throughout the day. Operators check all plant equipment and report any failures or problems to the maintenance staff. They also collect samples for analysis and regulatory reporting. The maintenance staff repairs and/or replaces equipment and supports preventive maintenance activities throughout the facility. Their expertise and diligence is vital to meeting the regulatory requirements.
The management team coordinates and supervises the operation and maintenance activities, and is involved with the budgeting, scheduling, training, and reporting needs for the plant. In addition, a process control engineer is required to maintain and upgrade the computer and other control systems.