Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority WRWSA - Ensuring water supplies for the future of the region
About the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority
Mission Statement
The Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority (WRWSA or "Authority") is a multi-county special district of the State of Florida charged with planning for and developing cost-efficient, high-quality water supplies for its member governments. The Authority promotes environmental stewardship through its water conservation programs and will develop alternative water sources when neccessary to augment traditional water supplies to meet the region’s long-term needs.
Interlocal Agreement

The WRWSA is created by Interlocal Agreement among its member counties. Originally created in 1977, the Interlocal Agreement was revised in January 2014.

Statement of Agency Organization and Operation
This statement is issued and maintained under the authority of Section 120.54, Florida Statutes (F.S.) and Chapter 28-101, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).
View the complete WRWSA Statement of Agency Organization and Operation
Annual Budget
WRWSA Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget Adopted May 17, 2017  - Printable version (in .pdf format)

WRWSA Fiscal Year 2016-17 Budget Adopted May 18, 2016  - Printable version (in .pdf format)

WRWSA 2015-16 Budget Amended 03/16/16  - Printable version (in .pdf format)

WRWSA FY 2015-16 Budget Amended 11/18/15  - Printable version (in .pdf format)

WRWSA Adopted FY 2015-16 Budget  - Printable version (in .pdf format)

WRWSA Adopted FY 2014-15 Budget as amended  - Printable version (in .pdf format)

WRWSA Adopted FY 2013-14 budget as amended  - Printable version (in .pdf format)

WRWSA FY 2012-13 Adopted Budget  - Printable version (in .pdf format)
Audit Reports
2015-2016 FY Audit Report by Purvis Gray & Company (in .pdf format)
2014-2015 FY Audit Report by Purvis Gray & Company (in .pdf format)
2013-2014 FY Audit Report by Purvis Gray & Company (in .pdf format)
2012-2013 FY Audit Report by Purvis Gray & Company (in .pdf format)
Service Area
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Click on the image to enlarge - Map of the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority (WRWSA) Service Area
Facilities

The Charles A. Black Water Supply Facility (CABWSF) is the first wellfield and water supply facility developed by the Authority. It was constructed with financial assistance from SWFWMD’s Withlacoochee and Coastal Rivers basin boards. The development of this facility was the first step toward implementation of the Authority’s Regional Water Supply Plan and in making the Authority self-sufficient.

The CAB water supply system consists of seven groundwater production wells and two water treatment facilities, CAB-1 and CAB-2. CAB-1 consists of two groundwater supply wells, disinfection equipment, storage tanks, and distribution piping equipment. CAB-2 consists of five groundwater supply wells, disinfection equipment, storage tanks, and distribution piping equipment. Both facilities are regulated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The most recent Water Management District permit allows for a total combined permitted withdrawal rate of 4.597 million gallons per day. This total has been reduced from prior limits. The following figure shows the general location of the CAB facilities:

Charles A. Black Water Supply Facility
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View additional information about the Charles A. Black Water Supply Facility
Member Governments
Citrus County: Hernando County:
  • Crystal River
  • Inverness
  • Brooksville
Marion County: Sumter County:
  • Belleview
  • Dunnellon
  • McIntosh
  • Reddick
  • Ocala
  • Bushnell
  • Coleman
  • Center Hill
  • Webster
  • Wildwood
View WRWSA Board Representation from each of the member counties and cities.
Projects

Since its inception, the Authority has moved forward with water supply planning studies; construction of its first regional water supply facility in Citrus County and; developed a cooperative funding program to provide grants to assist member local governments in developing adequate water supply facilities and water supply conservation projects.

Current activities include:

  • joint funding of water supply projects with member local governments;
  • tracking and providing input to water resource legislation that is of interest to the Withlacoochee Region;
  • implementation of the “Action Plan” resulting from the 2010 Master Water Supply Plan;
  • to expand and refine the "Regional Framework" concept that will provide the future infrastructure for introduction of alternative water supplies into the Region’s water supply systems;
  • continued cooperation with Citrus County in operation of the Authority’s Charles A. Black Wellfield and Water Supply Facility (CABWSF).
  • cooperative funding with SWFWMD for a regional irrigation audit program to implement outdoor water conservation;
  • updating of the Regional Water Supply Plan.

View the WRWSA 2017-18 Work Program

Committees
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

The Authority’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is comprised of utility and planning professionals from member governments within the region as well as from the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) and Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). The TAC is currently assisting with the Regional Water Supply Plan update.

Administration

Richard S. Owen, Executive Director
Mr. Richard Owen, AICP, serves as the Authority’s Executive Director. Mr. Owen started with the Authority in July 2012. He has 30 years of experience with water resource issues, planning and resource management with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, as well as experience in private consulting firms. As Executive Director for the Authority, Mr. Owen is responsible for all operations and management of consultant contracts, budgeting and financial matters of the Authority. Mr. Owen holds a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters in Economics from the University of South Florida.

Larry M. Haag, Attorney
Mr. Larry Haag is a partner in the Haag, Haag, & Friedrich, P.A., which has served as General Counsel to the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority since 1978. He has represented the Authority since 2001 following his partnership in the Haag, Haag, & Friedrich law firm located in Inverness, Florida. He has represented various private and public entities in Florida since 1974, including 24 years as the Citrus County Attorney. He received his law degree from the Oklahoma City University of Law and is admitted to the bar in Florida and Oklahoma. He is a member of The Florida Bar, the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Citrus County Bar Association.

Diane Salz, Governmental Affairs Liaison
Ms. Salz is president and owner of Diane R. Salz Governmental Affairs Consulting, established in 2001. Since 2003, the firm has advanced and protected the interests of the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority before the Florida Legislative and Executive Branches of government. Ms. Salz has 30 years of professional problem solving experience for local, state, and regional levels of government. She has held responsible positions representing water management districts, state agencies, a statewide municipal association, and numerous counties and municipalities throughout the state of Florida. Ms. Salz holds a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University.

LuAnne Stout, Administrative Assistant
LuAnne Stout contracted with the Authority as Administrative Assistant in July 2015. She has 36 years of experience in executive and budget administrative positions for water management in the state of Florida. As the Administrative Assistant for the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority, she assists the Authority in day-to-day operations and serves as the project manager for the Authority’s irrigation system evaluation programs.

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