Citrus County Receives $3.9 Million in Wastewater Grant Funding

Citrus County Receives $3.9 Million in Wastewater Grant Funding

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on March 12, 2023

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has announced that the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will receive $3,981,000 in wastewater funding as part of the 2022-23 Springs Coast Water Quality Improvement Grant.

Citrus County Receives $3.9 Million in Wastewater Grant Funding

The award will be to enhance the Southwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility (SWRWRF) as part of the Sugarmill Woods Golf Course reuse project. This Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) facility was designed and constructed to provide public-access, reuse-quality effluent, but requires additional improvements to reclaimed water (RCW) storage, pumping, and distribution components be constructed to provide RCW to users.

Citrus County Water Resources has agreed to provide RCW to the Sugarmill Woods Golf Complex and Citrus National (formerly Southern Woods) Golf Course upon completion of the SWRWRF. Sugarmill Woods has agreed to accept a minimum of 0.50 million gallons per day (MGD), up to 1.5 MGD of RCW, from the County for irrigation. Providing RCW will allow these facilities to stop using their Floridan Aquifer production wells, providing a significant water-use offset for the area.

This funding will be used to finalize the design, permitting, and construction of the infrastructure needed to complete this project. Cooperative Funding Initiative (CFI) and County funds will bring this project over the projected $9.5 million finish line.

“This grant award will assist Citrus County on achieving a top legislative priority for funding,” said County Administrator Steve Howard. “This is a win for Citrus County, the region, and the State of Florida.”

For more information on water projects, call Citrus County Water Resources at (352) 527-7650.



Susan Steitz says

Will pharmaceuticals be removed? I understand this takes a very expensive second filtration system to remove all medicines from the water. I have researched. Medicines are not taken out just by the first filtration to clean up the waste. My land joins the golf course. I am afraid of the run off during flooding, etc. causing cancer or death. I can see a long list of plantiffs on any future legal procedings if this happens. If the ground gets saturated and floods as it did a couple of years ago, the water just stands for days and weeks. It will no longer be a problem for property just on my side of the road. Tests and results would need to be posted for the public often.

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