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ECUA Water Reuse Facility on Pensacola Beach Open For Business
04/05/2011

Water Reuse Program

Photo Left to Right: SRIA Board Member Dr. Tom Campanella, SRIA Board Member Vernon Prather, Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson IV, SRIA Board Chairman Ed Guernsey, ECUA Board Chairman Elvin McCorvey, SRIA Board Member Dave Pavlock, and ECUA Board Member Dale Perkins.

Officials from Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA), Baskerville-Donovan Inc., and the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA), will turn a symbolic valve, 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 2011, at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 920 Via de Luna Drive, on Pensacola Beach, to mark the dedication of the new Pensacola Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant’s (PBWWTP), “Reclaimed Water Reuse Facility.”

SRIA Executive Director Buck Lee, SRIA Chairman Ed Guernsey, ECUA Board Chairman Elvin McCorvey, ECUA Board Member Dale Perkins, and Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson IV, will participate in the dedication ceremony.

ECUA Chairman Elvin McCorvey                                                                                                                                                                              

ECUA Board Chairman Elvin McCorvey interviewed on WEAR TV.  

Baskerville Donovan Project Engineer Scott Jernigan says, “Not only will this water reuse program aid the beach’s environment, but with the initial phase completed, it will be easier to add more users to the system in the future.”

The new environmental and cost-saving feature allows the SRIA to irrigate the rights-of-way medians, along Via de Luna Drive, from Avenida 10 to Avenida 23.  ECUA Director of Engineering Bill Johnson says, “The project will reduce the draw on the community’s potable water source, provide irrigation water at a lower cost, and eliminates some of the effluent discharge from the PBWWTP into local surface waters.”

For additional information concerning the use of reclaimed water, contact the ECUA at 476-0480. Information on the reuse of reclaimed water can also be found on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) website:  www.dep.state.fl.us/water/reuse.