FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 1, 2016
DEP AWARDS $150,000 GRANT FOR
MIDWAY INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS
~Project will eliminate septic tanks, benefiting the Ochlockonee River~
Pictured left to right: David Knight, Midway City Council; Wanda Range, Midway City Council; DEP Secretary Jon Steverson; Auburn Ford, Midway City Manager; Mayor Ronald Colston; Eric Hinson, Gadsden County Commission.
MIDWAY, Fla. –
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded
a $150,000 grant for wastewater infrastructure improvements in Midway to eliminate failing septic tanks and provide sewer services. The project was funded through a 2016-17
state legislative appropriation.
"We are pleased to partner with the city
of Midway to help eliminate failing septic tanks by connecting 35 homes to
a central sewer system," said DEP Secretary Jon Steverson. "Septic
tank conversion projects, like this one, are key to helping improve the water
quality and health of Florida’s rivers, springs and
Septic tanks can be a significant source of nitrates to both surface
and groundwater, especially in areas where septic tanks are densely clustered.
This is why the department continues to work with stakeholders to identify and
provide funding assistance for specific wastewater management strategies and
projects, such as septic tank removal, wastewater system upgrades and
service connections to municipal systems, to achieve restoration goals.
"We are thankful for DEP's partnership in funding these infrastructure improvements for our city," said Auburn Ford, Midway city manager. "Projects like these help Midway to continue to be a city of progress and possibilities."
Phase I of the Midway wastewater infrastructure improvements project will include the design of a sewer system and pump station to eliminate failing septic tanks and provide sewer service to 35 homes in the Rustling Pines neighborhood. The force main from the pump station will be constructed under Interstate 10 and tie into the Talquin Electric wastewater treatment plant. This project will benefit local groundwater which flows though Monroe Creek, the Little River and ultimately into the Ochlockonee River, an Outstanding Florida Water, at Lake Talquin.
of years of research, we know septic tank conversion projects such as this are
a vital part of the plan to restore and improve our local waters,” said Brett
Cyphers, Executive Director of the Northwest Florida Water Management District.
“We are excited for this project to get underway to help us get one step closer
to that goal.”