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Septic to Sewer District A, Phase 1 Approved

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At the regular meeting on September 22, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a grant application for Septic to Sewer conversion.  This first phase will convert septic systems to central sewer service in a specific area of Weeki Wachee called District A. Roughtly half of Distrtict A or 510 properties will be converted.  The total estimated cost for the project is $16,500,000, divided into $3,300,000 each year over the course of 5 years.  Utilities Director Gordon Onderdonk explained the request for grant funding through various methods.

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The request discussed at the September 22nd meeting will be the second-year funding of this multi-year project. Applications have been submitted and are still under review for first-year funding of this project (FY2021).

The anticipated breakdown of funding per year is:

70% Florida Springs (Dept of Environmental Protection) – $2,310,000
15% SWFWMD (Southwest Florida Water Management District)
cooperative funding – $495,000
10% Property owners – $330,000
5% Hernando County Utilities Department (HCUD) – $165,000.

In District A, there are approximately 510 properties affected according to Onderdonk.  Once estimated to cost property owners $6000, the new cost is approximately $3,250 or $650 per year.

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Chairman John Mitten commended Onderdonk on his and his staff’s “expertise and professionalism,”  and remarked that the county’s applications for funding of this project have been “well-graded and well-rated.”

The Weeki Wachee Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) requires Hernando County to reduce the rate of total nitrogen being discharged in groundwater by 195,200 pounds/year within 20 years of the June 2018 finalization of the BMAP. Septic tanks have been identified as a major contributor of nitrogen to groundwater.

The Septic to Sewer project is included in Hernando County Utilities Department’s Capital Improvement plans over the next five years.  

 

 

Lisa MacNeil
Lisa MacNeil
Lisa MacNeil is a reporter for the Hernando Sun as well as a business technology developer, specializing in website development, content management systems, and data analysis.
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