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WRWSA Work Program Summary
WRWSA 2013-14 Work Program
1. Joint Funding of Water Conservation Projects with Member Local Governments:

The Authority Board will continue its grant program to assist local governments in improving water conservation within the region in order to extend the use of groundwater as long as possible. Since the inception of the grants program in fiscal year 1999-2000, the Authority has appropriated $1,454,631 to local government projects in the region. During fiscal year 2013-14, the proposed budget anticipates appropriating as additional $130,000 toward local government water conservation projects. Proposals will be considered from local governments and public supply utilities in the Authority’s jurisdiction. The grant program guidelines and application package may be found through the links provided below. The water conservation activities co-funded by this grant program help participating utilities meet and sustain the maximum 150 gallons per person per day that is required by the SWFWMD no later than 2019.

View information:  Grant Program Guidelines and the Grant Application Process.

2. Legislative and Governmental Affairs Advocacy on Behalf of the Authority and it’s Member Governments:

The Authority Board, since 2002, has authorized legislative and governmental affairs advocacy year-round to promote initiatives on behalf of the Authority and its member governments and to protect the Authority’s interests. Historically, the Authority has played a vital role in fine-tuning state and regional water supply planning, permitting, and funding programs including "local sources first" and the Water Protection and Sustainability Program (SB 444). Each year prior to the Legislative Session the Authority Board reviews and approves policy direction to guide our advocacy efforts. Progress reports are provided on a regular basis.

3. Continuation of the Regional Residential Irrigation Audit Program to Promote Water Conservation within the Region:

This project provides an opportunity for residential water utility customers within Citrus, Hernando, Marion and Sumter counties to obtain site-specific evaluations for optimizing the use of water through landscaping techniques and efficient irrigation systems, and to implement recommendations provided by a professionally certified contractor. Contractors used for the sitespecific evaluations are professionals certified by the Florida Irrigation Society (FIS) or other recognized certifying agency in the targeted region. The initiative includes program information, water conservation education, reporting and analysis by a consultant. This continuing project targets existing inefficient landscape and irrigation water use and results in documented water savings and water quality protection. Initial results in the Pilot project indicate an average of 360,000 gallons per year of savings for individual residential customers, representing an average reduction in total water use of 38%.

The Authority initiated the pilot program in 2011 with joint funding from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). The program will continue through fiscal year 2014-15 with Phase 2, including an estimated 610 customers receiving audits, as well as follow-ups with customers to evaluate program success and calculation of savings using one full year of pre- and post-audit meter readings. This water conservation initiative helps participating utilities meet and sustain the maximum 150 gallons per person per day that is required by the SWFWMD no later than 2019.

4. Continued Update of the Regional Water Supply Plan:

The Authority initiated the five-year update to its regional water supply plan in fiscal year 2012-13.  This effort will continue into fiscal year 2013-14, with completion anticipated in the second quarter. The updated plan will contain the most up-to-date water use demand projections for member governments and other utilities in the region, as well as an inventory of traditional and non-traditional sources of water capable of meeting these demands. This information will be used by the SWFWMD in its subsequent update to its regional water supply plan, scheduled for completion in 2015. This effort is being co-funded by the Authority and District. Water supply development projects contained in the updated plan are more likely to be considered for cofunding in the future and to be considered favorably in the consumptive use permitting program.

5. Continue to work on Revisions to the Charles A. Black Water Supply Facility Rate Analysis and Agreement:

During fiscal year 2011-12, the Board authorized a study of the current contract with Citrus County for water supply from the Charles A. Black Water Supply Facility (CABWSF). The Authority put this facility into service in 1992.  The Authority contracted with Citrus County to operate and maintain the facility. The current contract provides for an allocation of 2 MGD for Citrus County from the facility. However, for a number of years, the County has been utilizing significantly more water supply from the wellfield. The Authority engaged Purvis Gray & Company, CPAs to prepare a rate analysis and recommend changes to the current contract between the Authority and Citrus County. This study is ongoing and projected to be completed in the 2013-14 fiscal year. The Authority also retained Cardno TBE to update the engineering analysis of the facilities. This work was completed in fiscal year 2012-13.

6. Continuation of Cooperation with Citrus County in Operation of the Authority’s Charles A. Black Wellfield and Water Supply Facility:

The CABWSF is currently operating and supplying water to the Citrus County system. The Authority will continue to cooperate with Citrus County in the maintenance and permitting for the wells and the treatment facility per our operation and maintenance contract with Citrus County.

7. Expansion of the Northern District Groundwater Model:

This cooperative project is jointly funded by the SWFWMD, St. Johns River WMD, Marion County and the Authority was initiated in fiscal year 2012-13. Phase 1 of the project entails updating and expanding the SWFWMD’s Northern District Groundwater Model to encompass all of Marion County and to incorporate the most recent hydrologic data. The intent is for both water management districts to utilize the same groundwater model for all of Marion County in determining the availability of groundwater in the area. Phase 1 of the project is anticipated to be completed in the last quarter of fiscal year 2012-13, or the first quarter of 2013-14.  The SJRWMD has expressed its interest in continuing a Phase 2 of the project, which would further expand the model domain. The Authority will continue to participate in the project steering committee to ensure continued cooperation and coordination in the determination of groundwater availability in the region.

8. Program Development and Technical Assistance:
  1. Fund efforts to further define the hydrogeology of the region. Continue cooperation with the water management districts on the collection of hydrologic data to further refine the Northern District Model and the Districts’ regulatory models.
  2. Promote the WRWSA Regional Framework through coordination with WRWSA member governments to facilitate regional and sub-regional cooperation on water supply development and reclaimed water projects. Work with the SWFWMD in defining strategic priorities for the northern region and how these priorities may influence the ranking criteria for the District’s Cooperative Funding Initiative, including potential District funding for regional and sub-regional traditional and non-traditional water supply development that is consistent with the WRWSA Regional Framework.
  3. Monitor SWFWMD and SJRWMD development of minimum flows and levels (MFLs). Provide technical assistance to WRWSA member governments in determining the potential impact to both the environment and potential water supply development based on proposed MFLs from the Districts.
  4. Coordinate with FDEP, SJRWMD, SWFWMD and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on Policy and Rule Development. Provide assistance to WRWSA member governments on FDEP and District rule development that may include Water Use Permitting, Environmental Resource Permitting, water conservation and future water supply development, including the statewide consistency initiatives. Monitor water management program and rule development in other parts of the state, including the Central Florida Water Initiative, for implications to the WRWSA and its member governments.
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