In a move that would eliminate the need for a controversial waste water disposal system that’s proposed in the Williams Creek neighborhood, Holley-Navarre Water System is exploring a deal to spread effluent on fields owned by South Santa Rosa Utility.
“We’re in discussions. Our engineers are talking,” said Matt Dannheisser, an attorney who is the mayor of the City of Gulf Breeze, which owns SSRU.
The arrangement could ease the pressure on Holley-Navarre Water to expand its waste water disposal capacity, which is already failing to meet Florida Department of Environmental Protection requirements on some days, according to the utility.
An agreement to use SSRU’s unneeded fields, would also save Holley-Navarre millions of dollars it had planned to spend on a pipeline to Eglin Air Force Base, where it’s in talks to use remote acreage to spread treated waste water.
The board, scheduled to decide Thursday night at a special meeting on HNWS’s request for a conditional use permit to build a $1 million filtration system on land it already owns in the Williams Creek area.
Instead, the base real estate officials might require that a lease be finalized with, or through, the Western Regional Utility Authority, which consists of Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties, along with several municipalities. The covenant could cover several governments so the Air Force can avoid a mish-mash of arrangements over various time frames and with different financial arrangements, according to Blaylock.