Treated wastewater disposal could cost $1 million

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is pressing Holley-Navarre Water System (HNWS) to build additional wastewater disposal capacity, but the utility’s best long-term solution has languished within the Santa Rosa County bureaucracy.

Commissioners recently started questioning why an agreement that has been in the works for at least a decade to pipe effluent to a remote area of Eglin Air Force Base hasn’t been finalized.

Now there’s a sense of urgency at HNWS because the state regulators who set limits on the amount of effluent utilities can handle have indicated they may order a stop to new residential and commercial hookups if the company can’t add more disposal capacity.

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Engineer Phil Phillips of Municipal Engineering Services describes the process of wastewater treatment at the Holley Reclamation Facility.

Engineer Phil Phillips of Municipal Engineering Services describes the process of wastewater treatment at the Holley Reclamation Facility.

From left, Zach Lewis, the wastewater plant manager has been with HNWS for 21 years; Paul Gardner has been with the HNWS for 30 years and is the general manager; and Chris Legg, the senior lead operator has been with HNWS for 20 years.

From left, Zach Lewis, the wastewater plant manager has been with HNWS for 21 years; Paul Gardner has been with the HNWS for 30 years and is the general manager; and Chris Legg, the senior lead operator has been with HNWS for 20 years.

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