‘Historic’ deal on regional wastewater reached

Apr 16, 2020

After several months of ongoing discussions and negotiations, the city of Gulf Breeze, the Holley-Navarre Water System and Santa Rosa County have come to a “historic” agreement that will shape the future of regional wastewater treatment in Northwest Florida.

The agreement was finalized after Gulf Breeze gave its final approval on Monday night. Santa Rosa County and the HNWS both approved the memorandum of agreement at their respective March meetings.

he agreement essentially combines the desires of HNWS and Santa Rosa County to stream the majority of their wastewater to a leased spray field on Eglin Air Force Base with Gulf Breeze’s desire to treat water to reclaimed standards and provide cheap, environmentally friendly water for customers

“This (memorandum of agreement) marks a historic win for Northwest Florida,” said Samantha Abell, Gulf Breeze city manager. “Significantly, we think that Gov. (Ron) DeSantis and our legislators are going to be able to stand behind this three-party agreement as an example of large-scale regionalism, and how to reclaim and provide an important, affordable resource for citizens.”

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