DEP's Northwest District Tap Line Newsletter

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January 2022 

DEP's Northwest District Wishes You a Very Happy New Year!

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Request DEP
Pre-Application Meeting

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You can now easily request a pre-application meeting with our Northwest District permitting staff by visiting our Request Pre-Application Meeting survey.

The purpose of the pre-application meeting is to minimize processing steps and potential time delays of your application for a specific project.


As a reminder, Florida's WATER Tracker replaced the former utility coordination system, Storm Tracker, in order to provide a more robust and interactive communication and coordination platform for all water utilities to use in emergency situations such as hurricanes. WATER Tracker will ensure that the needs of individual facilities are met as quickly and efficiently as possible, and that the entire statewide network will run smoothly to better serve the people of Florida. Please visit Florida's Water Tracker to setup an account.

Consumer Confidence
Reports were 100% for 2021!

We are happy to report that after many virtual help sessions and utilizing data on the DEP website, all NWD Community Water Systems submitted their Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs) on time. Great job, water systems!

Data for 2021 CCRs can soon be found on our Resources for Drinking Water Facilities webpage. Please also view the Certification of Delivery of Consumer Confidence Report form that is required for submittal.

For your convenience, virtual help sessions will once again be available in 2022! Please contact Mary Jehle by email or 850-595-0676 to register for a help session.

Bacteriological Sampling Reminders

  • Ensure that all PWS information is on the lab reporting form and the chain of custody form and that all fields are complete.
  • Remember to submit total and free chlorine residuals along with bacteriological samples for all clearances - except for well clearances - and to record accurate sampling times.
  • Samples should be transported packed in ice and not just on the ice.

Need to Locate a Form?

Source and Drinking Water Program Quick Links.

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NWD's New Potable Water Environmental Manager

Joey Whibbs

Earl "Joey" Whibbs has been selected as the NWD's environmental manager for the Compliance Assurance Program Potable Water team.

Joey has been a member of the NWD team since 2014 and has been part of the Office of Emergency Response team since 2015. We are excited to see what Joey brings to his new role and the great successes ahead.

Dates and Locations Announced for 2022 Focus on Change


The Florida Rural Water Association (FRWA) has partnered with DEP to present the annual Focus on Change seminars for over 30 years. These sessions are designed to provide utilities with the most current regulatory information available.

Click on the locations below to register for Focus on Change. You can also view the tentative agenda.

Feb. 8, 2022 - Pompano Beach
Feb. 9, 2022 - Punta Gorda
March 16, 2022 - Haines City
March 17, 2022 - Ocala
March 23, 2022 - Lake City
March 24, 2022 - Fort Walton Beach

Systems Can Submit
MORs Electronically

Please remember that monthly operating reports (MORs) can be submitted electronically using the DEP Business Portal and the Enterprise Self Service Authorizations System (ESSA). Submitting MOR data directly into the database effectively cuts out the need to email, fax, or physically mail MOR hard copies. Utilizing ESSA for the submittal of MOR data will increase efficiency in reporting and help maintain data integrity while saving public water systems time and money preparing MORs.

This application is housed in the DEP Business Portal. Once there, users must navigate to the registration screen by selecting Submit, Report and then PWS Monthly Operation Report to begin the online submittal process. The documents uploaded during this process must be in PDF format. The application only supports systems that submit MORs on form 62-555.900(3) – Monthly Operation Report for PWSs Treating Raw Ground Water or Purchased Finished Water. Consecutive systems that do not treat water and Subpart H systems must continue to use routine methods for MOR reporting.

If users experience technical difficulties within the application, they should contact the DEP IT Service Desk by email or at 850-245-7555.

Apply Electronically for a General Permit for Construction of Water Main Extension Components

Below are step-by-step instructions on how to apply electronically for a general permit (GP) for construction of water main extension components.

       ·  Visit DEP’s Business Portal at

       ·  Select Apply.
       ·  Select Build.
       ·  Select Request to Use the GP for
          Construction of Water Main Extension