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 SWFWMDs Withlacoochee and Coastal Rivers basin boards. The development of this facility was the first step toward implementation of the Authoritys 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:
Suzannah J. Folsom, Executive Director
Mrs. Suzannah J. Folsom, PE, PMP, serves as the Authoritys Executive Director. Mrs. Folsom started with the Authority in December 2019. She has 20 years of experience, working previously as a Senior Professional Engineer at Tampa Bay Water, a regional water supply authority for the three counties south of WRWSA, and as a small business owner and consultant. As Executive Director for the Authority, Mrs. Folsom is responsible for all operations and management of consultant contracts, budgeting and financial matters of the Authority. Mrs. Folsom holds a Masters of Engineering in Water Resource Management and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida.
Robert W. Batsel, Jr., Attorney
Rob Batsel is a partner with the firm of Gilligan, Gooding, Batsel & Anderson, P.A., located in Ocala, Florida. He has served as General Counsel to the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority since August 2019. He focuses his practice in the areas of state and local government, land use and development, commercial real estate, higher education, and business law, including issues such as entity formation, employment, contracting, insurance, and purchase and sale transactions. In addition to his representation of the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority, he currently serves as Assistant City Attorney to the City of Ocala and General Counsel for the College of Central Florida, in addition to his representation of private individuals, businesses and developers.
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 Authoritys irrigation system evaluation programs.