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Southwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility Project Construction on Schedule

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

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The Southwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility project construction on schedule

The Southwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility (SWRWRF) is an existing wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) owned and operated by Citrus County approximately 3 miles east of the Chassahowitzka River, which has been designated an Outstanding Florida Water. The Chassahowitzka River flows to the Gulf of Mexico and is formed from pristine waters contributed by more than 12 springs.

The project, with construction on schedule, includes the planning, permitting, design and construction of an advanced wastewater treatment facility to provide tertiary treatment with nitrogen removal and the production of high-quality reclaimed water for irrigation of public-access areas.  Once operational, the new facility will reduce nitrogen loading to groundwater and offset the need for groundwater withdrawals for irrigation purposes.

The current facility will be replaced by a new 1.5 million gallons per day (mgd) annual average daily flow, 4-stage Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) oxidation ditch system followed by secondary clarifiers, disc filters, and chlorine disinfection, with reclaimed water disposed to rapid infiltration basins on the plant site and to the County’s public access reuse.  BNR is a process used for nitrogen and phosphorus removal from wastewater before it is discharged.

This cornerstone project is part of a larger and continuing effort to protect our water in Citrus County by removing unwanted nutrients, reducing groundwater pumping and providing capacity for future septic to sewer projects now and in the future.   This is a project of Citrus County Water Resources Department led by Director Ken Cheek, the Engineering firm is Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc. and the project contractor is Wharton Smith, Inc. The new facility is slated to be completed and operational by summer 2020. 

Notice of CR491 Temporary Lane Closures

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

The northbound outside lane of CR491 will be temporarily closed south of SR44 just south of West Laurel Street to install a storm water inlet.  Daytime closures are scheduled from 9:00AM to 1:30PM on Tuesday, November 28; Wednesday, November 29; and Thursday, November 30.  Motorists will be directed to the inside travel lane and are advised to use caution in the area and to look for alternate route

BOCC Proclaims Farm-City Week in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with James Brooks, Marnie Ward and Representative from Hernando-Citrus County Farm Bureau

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on November 14, 2017, proclaiming November 15-22, 2017 as National Farm-City Week in Citrus County.  

American farmers and ranchers help feed the world by producing a bounty of nutritious foods. To do this, they rely upon essential partnerships with urban and suburban communities to supply, sell and deliver finished products across the country and around the globe, as they contribute to the health and well-being of our country and to strengthen our economy.

During National Farm-City Week, we recognize the importance of this cooperative network. Agriculture employees more than two million workers, including farmers and ranchers, shippers, processors, marketers, retailers, truck drivers, inspectors and others who annually contribute an annual impact of $127 billion to Florida’s economy. As they perform their daily work, farmers and ranchers preserve freshwater recharge areas, wildlife habitat and green space. Consumers help farm families maintain their superior natural resource conservation practices by purchasing Florida agricultural products.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County proclaims November 15 through 22, 2017 as “National Farm-City Week” in Citrus County and encourages citizens in rural and urban areas to acknowledge all those who, working together, produce and supply our community and nation with an abundance of agricultural products.

BOCC Proclaims Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Representatives from Citrus County nonprofit organizations.

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on November 14, 2017, proclaiming November 11 – 19, 2017 as National Hunger and Homelessness Week in Citrus County.  

On January 24, 2017, members of the Mid Florida Homeless Coalition’s Continuum of Care identified 133 households with 175 people who were literally homeless. The Citrus County School System reported 600 students were identified as homeless based on the Department of Education’s homeless definition.

This proclamation helps educate the public as to why many reasons people are hungry and homeless including the shortage of affordable housing in Citrus County for very low income residents and it encourages support for homeless assistance service providers, food pantries, as well as community service opportunities for students and school service organizations.

There are many organizations in Citrus County committed to housing, sheltering, providing supportive services as well as meals and food supplies to the homeless and hungry. The Board of County Commissioners recognizes November 11 – 19, 2017 as “National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week” in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

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