Water authority approves $150K settlement

A break in Fairpoint Regional Utility System’s main water line, which serves all of south Santa Rosa County, will cost more than twice the initial repair estimates of $414,000. Additionally, project delays have caused problems for other water utilities which rely on its service.

Fairpoint Regional Utility System (FRUS) water wells, located in East Milton, are used to provide water for Holley-Navarre Water System (HNWS), Midway Water System (MWS) and the City of Gulf Breeze – three water utilities which formed FRUS. Navarre Beach Water & Sewer Department (NBWS) also utilizes FRUS service.

Water is normally distributed through FRUS’ main pipe, which runs underneath East Bay. However, in April 2014 service was disrupted after a suspected lightning strike ruptured the pipe.

Subsequently, United Pipeline Systems (UPS), based in Duluth, Minn., was contracted to repair the line for $414,000.

Read more  in the Dec. 4 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.


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