FDEP APPROVES DEEP INJECTION WELL;WATER RESIDUAL NO LONGER DISCHARGED INTO SARASOTA BAY
Sarasota, FL: Following a thorough on-site inspection at the City of Sarasota Utilities campus last week by Florida Department of Environmental Protection officials, the City’s new deep injection well is now being used to safely dispose of water treatment plant residual, also known as brine. With the activation of the well, the City is no longer discharging water residual into Hog Creek, which flows into Sarasota Bay.
“This is a significant step forward for the health and preservation of our environment,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “The water residual is now being injected safely deep into the ground 1,700 feet below the aquifer. This is a better way of disposing of the residual which, no doubt, will lead to a healthier Sarasota Bay.”
The City received written confirmation from FDEP last Thursday night that the deep injection well passed the on-site inspection and could begin receiving water residual. The Utilities Department started the operational flow into the well immediately on Friday morning.
As part of an agreement with FDEP to cease the permitted discharge into Hog Creek, the City of Sarasota constructed a deep injection well over the past year. The comprehensive system and complex construction project cost approximately $6 million and was completed on time and on budget.
The agreement with FDEP only requires the discharge of brine into Hog Creek to cease. The City, though, will soon exceed that requirement by also stopping the permitted discharge into Whitaker Bayou of excess treated wastewater. Currently, the City discharges into Whitaker Bayou approximately six million gallons a day of excess treated wastewater which is not used or sold for irrigation purposes.
“In a few weeks, the second portion of the deep injection well system will be activated allowing it to receive treated wastewater,” said Mitt Tidwell, Utilities Director. “So, with both systems operational, the City no longer will discharge both water residual and excess treated wastewater into the small bodies of water that feed into Sarasota Bay. This has been a complex project, and we’re going above and beyond to be good stewards of the environment.”
In total, approximately nine million gallons of residual and treated wastewater have been legally discharged into Hog Creek and Whitaker Bayou each day – until last Friday. The deep injection well, located on the north side of the Utilities campus on 12th Street, has the capacity to receive up to 18 million gallons a day.
The construction project included building the deep well, replacing oversized motors, snaking new underground lines from the water and wastewater treatment plants to the well, installing transfer pumps, reconfiguring a motor control center and constructing a pipeline under 12th Street (while keeping the road open to traffic) to deliver the treated material to the deep injection well. The construction occurred without stopping daily operations at the water and wastewater treatment plants.
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HURRICANE EVACUATION ZONE SIGNS INSTALLED AT KEY INTERSECTIONS
Sarasota, FL: Hurricane evacuation zone signs will be installed at key traffic intersections throughout the city limits beginning next week to remind motorists and pedestrians of their evacuation zone. Known as collars, the vinyl, reflective signs will be attached to stop signs in the A and B evacuation zones, which are the most vulnerable areas during a tropical weather event.
A total of 367 collars will be attached to stop signs year round. To view a map detailing Zone A and B, and where the signs will be placed
“Hurricane season just ended, but we’re continually preparing and planning,” said City of Sarasota Emergency Manager Todd Kerkering. “One of the most important aspects of your family’s hurricane plan is to know your evacuation zone and to be ready to leave if and when the order goes out. Having these evacuation zone signs posted throughout the year will help remind people what zone they live in and how to respond to an approaching storm.”
Evacuation Zone A is considered to be most at-risk for storm surge. Residents in Zone A
would be advised by emergency management officials to evacuate first, followed by Zone B. Evacuation zones are based upon the potential threat of storm surge, which is one of the deadliest aspects of a hurricane
To determine your evacuation zone, click here or visit the Sarasota County Emergency Management webpage via www.SCGov.net
While there are five evacuation zones (A-E) within the city limits, only the highest at-risk zones will have the signage. The collars are not an emergency management requirement; however, Sarasota strives to be as prepared as possible.
This hurricane readiness signage program is a joint venture between the City and Sarasota County. The signs were purchased via a grant from Sarasota County Emergency Management and will be installed by the City’s Public Works Department.
“We worked closely with Sarasota County Emergency Management to map out the intersections where the signs will be installed, said Public Works Director Doug Jeffcoat. “As each of the 367 collars is attached, we’ll take a photo of it and upload it with detailed information into our citywide sign data base system. So, this project will be ongoing for the next couple of months.”
CITY ISSUES RECORD NUMBER OF BUILDING PERMITS
Sarasota, FL: The City of Sarasota Neighborhood and Development Services Department issued a record breaking number of building permits during fiscal year 2013-14. 7,216 permits were issued during the fiscal year, which ended this past Wednesday, October 1. That is a 14 percent increase over last year, which previously set a record. Total construction valuation nearly doubled.
“This shows we’re heading in the right direction,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “There is a culture of ‘yes’ in the Building and Permitting Division, with our exceptional employees working diligently to ensure permits are issued for everything from roof construction to air conditioning work to plumbing and window installations. We’re working together to see major projects, like the State Street Garage, The Jewel, The Vue, The Q, One Palm and others, come to fruition in our special community.”
The total construction valuation of building permits issued in 2013-14 nearly doubled from the previous year --- from $127.6 million to $362.1 million. That indicates significant developments are coming out the ground in Sarasota including hotels, mixed use projects and multi-family dwellings.
“Sarasota continues to be an attractive location for savvy investors,” said Mr. Barwin. “We’re working hard every day to be a business friendly city with a high quality of life in our community.”
For more information contact Neighborhood and Development Services Director
Office Address: 1416 State Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 Phone Number: 941.366.7040