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:
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.
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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.
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.
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.