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 necessary 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 2019-20 Adopted Budget - Amended January 15, 2020  - Printable version (in .pdf format)

WRWSA Fiscal Year 2018-19 Adopted Budget - Amended September 18, 2019  - Printable version (in .pdf format)

WRWSA Fiscal Year 2019-20 Adopted Budget - Amended July 17, 2019  - Printable version (in .pdf format)

WRWSA Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget Adopted May 15, 2019  - Printable version (in .pdf format)

WRWSA Fiscal Year 2018-19 Adopted Budget - Amended February 20, 2019  - Printable version (in .pdf format)

WRWSA Fiscal Year 2018-19 Adopted Budget - Ratified October 17, 2018  - Printable version (in .pdf format)

WRWSA Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget Amended as of November 15, 2017  - Printable version (in .pdf format)

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
2017-2018 FY Audit Report by Purvis Gray & Company (in .pdf format)
2016-2017 FY Audit Report by Purvis Gray & Company (in .pdf format)
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 2019-20 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

Suzannah J. Folsom, Executive Director
Mrs. Suzannah J. Folsom, PE, PMP, serves as the Authority’s 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 Authority’s irrigation system evaluation programs.

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