Holley-Navarre Water System, Santa Rosa County inch closer to wastewater agreement
Santa Rosa County and the Holley-Navarre Water System are inching closer to a memorandum of agreement that will shape the future of wastewater infrastructure in the county, while the city of Gulf Breeze plans to forge its own path after saying it was effectively shut out of negotiations with the other two entities.
At a board of directors meeting Monday night, the HNWS board members approved a memorandum of agreement that they will send to the county for approval by the end of the week.
The MOA outlines how the Eglin regional reuse project — a massive infrastructure undertaking that will involve sending the majority of the county’s treated effluent east to Eglin Air Force Base — will be funded, operated and maintained in the future.
“We hope for (the Board of County Commissioners') approval, since we agreed to basically what the county had requested,” HNWS Executive Director Rob Williamson told the News Journal in a phone interview Tuesday. “We had the opportunity to work closely with our staff and closely with county staff throughout this process, and we feel like we’re on the cusp of a historic agreement.”