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Citrus County Utilities Wins 2017 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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Debra Burden, Citrus County Water Conservation Manager accepting award at the EPA Annual Conference in Las Vegas on October 5, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Citrus County Utilities with a 2017 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award for its major contributions to WaterSense and water efficiency in 2016. The utility received one of 20 WaterSense awards today at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas for helping Americans to save water, energy, and money.

Over the past decade, Citrus County Utilities and nearly 2,000 other WaterSense partners have helped consumers save more than 2.1 trillion gallons of water, or more than the amount used by all U.S. households for 75 days. In addition to water savings, WaterSense labeled products and homes have helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water by 284 billion kilowatt hours—which is enough to power more than 26.3 million homes for a year—and save $46.3 billion in water and energy bills.

“Since 2006, utilities, manufacturers, retailers, builders, communities, states, and other organizations have voluntarily supported WaterSense program’s efforts to protect and preserve our nation’s water supply for future generations,” said WaterSense Program Manager Veronica Blette. “By saving water together, these award winners and all of our partners help consumers and businesses realize the environmental and economic benefits of water efficiency.”

Citrus County Utilities was honored in 2017 as a two-time Promotional Partner of the Year Award winner for working with its existing partners and creating new events to promote WaterSense and outdoor water conservation. The utility celebrated Fix a Leak Week 2016 by hosting a Water Conservation Expo with the Sugarmill Woods Civic Association and WaterSense partner Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).  

To teach kids about fixing leaks, Citrus County also held its second annual Toilet Leak Detection Classroom Challenge.  Seventeen classrooms from seven schools participated. In total, the students tested 495 toilets and identified 80 leaks for a potential water savings of 16,000 gallons a day, and 151 families said they would replace their toilets with WaterSense labeled models when the time came. 

The utility partnered with Lowe’s Home Improvement at the Citrus County Chronicle Home and Garden Show, as well as staffed a table at the Lowe’s and Home Depot stores, to promote the benefits of installing WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers.

Beginning November 2016, Citrus County Utilities and SWFWMD worked with the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority on a free irrigation evaluation program, which directly targeted the utility's top 600 water users with a mailing detailing each customer's water use and potential water and financial savings. Contractors installed WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers at sites with outdated push-pin controllers, replaced sprinkler heads when necessary, and installed rain sensors at interested properties.

“Saving water is a primary goal of the utility, especially reducing outdoor irrigation. WaterSense labeled products are easy for customers to identify and provide measurable benefits,” said Debra Burden, water conservation manager with the Citrus County Department of Water Resources.

For more information about WaterSense, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.

FDOT Issues US 19 Lane Closure Announcement

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has issued a lane closure announcement for northbound US 19 left through-lane approaching Homosassa Trail. Just one of two lanes remains open in the northbound direction at this time.

The left through-lane has been closed to allow crews and equipment space to investigate a depression in the northbound left turn lane onto westbound Homosassa Trail. Further updates will be issued when the travel lane reopens or if conditions change. Motorists are asked to use caution while in the area.

BOCC Proclaims October as Business Appreciation Month in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, CEO & President Josh Wooten and Manager of Operations & Communications Ardath Prendergast

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation to representatives of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce at their regular meeting on September 26, 2017, proclaiming October of 2017 as Business Appreciation Month in Citrus County.


The Board of County Commissioners acknowledges the importance of the businesses located in Citrus County, and the commissioners wish to recognize and support the businesses and their employees that provide many of the services needed by the citizens of our community. The businesses in Citrus County provide thousands of jobs that promote the economic success of our community and enhance our high quality of life including education, recreation, environment, safety, health and welfare through the contributions that the businesses make to Citrus County via the wages they pay to employees and taxes they pay to support Citrus County infrastructure. 


The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the month of October 2017 as “Business Appreciation Month” to recognize the important role and vital contributions that our businesses play in Citrus County. The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County, Florida encourages all residents, together with the Chamber of Commerce during their celebration, to recognize our business community for their contributions to Citrus County.


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BOCC Proclaims October as Florida Native Plant Month in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with local representatives of the Florida Native Plant Society; Gail Taylor, President, Sue Wasserman, Meri Lott, Donna Suresch, Deb Daniels, Virginia Hall, Ruth Ditmar and Ben Berauer

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 26, proclaiming October as Florida Native Plant Month in Citrus County. The Florida Native Plant Society began in the summer of 1980 in Winter Park, Florida by a group of scientists, educators and conservationists concerned about loss of Florida’s native plants and the introduction of non-native species overtaking natural areas. The society now consists of thirty eight chapters and three thousand, seven hundred members from all walks of life who volunteer their time, knowledge and skills in public workshops, land management reviews, raising money for conservation and research grants, landscape awards, restoration projects and teaching Floridians about the benefits of native plants.

Citrus County has an incredible wealth of natural areas to showcase Florida’s native plants and the local chapter of Florida Native Plant Society has members who participate in activities that benefit the citizens and environment of Citrus County. The mission of the society is the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of the county and Florida. The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County proclaims October as “Florida Native Plant Month” in Citrus County, Florida.

Citrus County Adopt - A - Shore Cleanup Cancelled for 2017

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Due to the Local State of Emergency from Hurricane Irma along with the flooding of the Withlacoochee River, the previously scheduled annual Adopt-A-Shore event for 2017 has been cancelled.  Resources and "manpower" have been devoted to this local State of Emergency which is anticipated to last for several more weeks/months.  We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to the 2018 event.  Thank you for your understanding and willingness to participate. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you on September 15, 2018.  

Extension Announces 2017 Fall Plant Sale

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County Extension’s Master Gardeners announce their annual Fall Plant Sale on October 21 starting at 9:00 AM.  Located at the UF Extension’s Lecanto office on Sovereign Path, admission and parking are free. Master Gardener volunteers are trained to share smart gardening practices with the public using the Florida-friendly landscaping principles including all garden maintenance activities, plant selection and healthy water issues.

There will be quality plants available for purchase at reasonable prices along with great gardening information and suggestions. The event includes sale of veggies, herbs, native plants, fruit trees, shrubs, unique garden items, bluebird nest boxes and much more.

UF/Citrus County Extension Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, October 21, 2017
9:00 AM- 12:00 PM (or plants are gone)
Admission and parking are free

For more information, call 352-527-5700. 

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