ECUA Statement on June 13 Town Hall Discussion on Water Quality

June 13, 2018


ECUA Statement – June 13, 2017, Town Hall Discussion on Water Quality 

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority is an independent special district of local government that the Florida Legislature established through a Special Act in 1981.  ECUA’s enabling legislation transferred all powers and responsibilities pertaining to water and wastewater that had previously resided with the City of Pensacola and Escambia County, along with the associated assets comprising those utility systems.  The ECUA has its own elected five-member board that establishes policy and exercises budgetary authority for the water and wastewater programs.   

The ECUA’s water system obtains its potable water from the Sand-and-Gravel Aquifer through 28 wells, which withdraw an annual average of approximately 31 million gallons per day.  The system serves approximately 91,500 residential and 8,875 commercial connections within its utility service area.  In compliance with regulations established in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), ECUA conducts regular testing of the water we provide to our customers, with an annual summary of those test results published in our Consumer Confidence Report (CCR).  The ECUA’s 2017 CCR is now available and demonstrates our full compliance with all federal regulations governing public water systems in the United States.  Copies of ECUA’s 2017 CCR are available for distribution at tonight’s meeting.

  • During the 2017 calendar year, ECUA drinking water met all federal and state SDWA standards, including full compliance with the Lead & Copper Rule through non-detect test results for all applicable samples
  • ECUA’s annual SDWA compliance testing for our drinking water system includes more than 33,000 samples of treated, finished water delivered to the potable water distribution system
  • Within District IX of the Florida Section/American Water Works Association (FS/AWWA), ECUA has won the taste-test drinking water competition five times in the past thirteen years, with the most recent title earned in 2018.  Region IX is comprised of the four westernmost Panhandle counties, and the annual competition is limited to public water utilities in full compliance with SDWA regulations
  • With respect to this evening’s panel discussion, we appreciate the invitation to participate on the panel.  However, the genesis of this Town Hall discussion was, in large part, based on a recently published article about a particular family of chemical compounds, which are the focus of a nation-wide discussion related to water quality.  The ECUA recently acted to file a lawsuit to recover costs related to treatment and removal of these chemical compounds.  Keep in mind, the ECUA finished product water meets every single EPA and FDEP water quality requirement without exception

We respectfully decline the invitation to participate in this panel discussion because of the pending litigation and the obvious need to refrain from making comments about the issue in a public forum.