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New managers on tap at Holley Navarre Water

New managers on tap at Holley Navarre Water

  In the wake of an accident that cost Holley Navarre Water System at least at least a quarter of its sewage treatment capacity and perhaps more than $1 million in repairs, one manager has been terminated and another will retire. Board member Brett Ramsey told the Navarre Press that Zach Lewis, the wastewater plant […]

Update: Holley Navarre Water board appoints four

Update: Holley Navarre Water board appoints four

The Holley Navarre Board of Directors consisting of Will Goulet, Daryl Lynchard and Mark Miller appointed four new board members at Tuesday night’s meeting by straw poll of the members. There were 177 total voters and votes were cast as follows: Doug Larson (96 votes)* Joseph Aguirre (93 votes)* Brett Ramsey (83 votes)* Shane Kahl […]

HNWS nearing deal to add effluent disposal sites

HNWS nearing deal to add effluent disposal sites

Unable to stay with the state-approved standard for disposing of treated wastewater by spraying effluent on a golf course or piping it into ponds, Holley Navarre Water System is nearing a deal for a major expansion of disposal capacity. Mindful that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is well aware of the utility’s continuing infringement […]

Holley-Navarre Water wants beach utility for free

Holley-Navarre Water wants beach utility for free

  In corporate mergers, the deals sometimes include exchanges of stock, assumption of debt or cash paid by the acquiring company. But in Holley-Navarre Water System’s proposed acquisition of Navarre Beach Water System, the small county-owned utility would essentially be gifted to the mainland  nonprofit. “We won’t pay anything,” said Paul Gardner, Holley-Navarre’s general manager. […]

Broxson criticizes water utility endorsements

Broxson criticizes water utility endorsements

Doug Broxson has been phoning members of the Holley-Navarre Water System board to express concerns over their plan to endorse a candidate for the Northwest Florida Senate seat he is seeking. Broxson, the Republican state representative for Santa Rosa and northern Okaloosa counties, told the Navarre Press he objects to appearing for an interview before […]

Water company leader resigns

Water company leader resigns

Executive Director of Holley-Navarre Water Systems, Billy Sublett has resigned his position with the member-owned company saying in part in an email to Navarre Press, “My work here is completed.” The position of executive director was created after longtime general manager Ken Walker retired.  Walker’s duties were split between the executive director and general manager.  […]

Utility distorts threat of sewer hookup ban

Utility distorts threat of sewer hookup ban

    The risk of a state-imposed regulatory moratorium on new sewer hookups by Holley-Navarre Water System is being exaggerated so the company can build a controversial wastewater treatment unit in the Williams Creek residential neighborhood. In persuading Santa Rosa County commissioners to approve HNWS’s request for a permit to build the $1 million disposal […]

Water utilities raise yellow flags for expansion leverage

Water utilities raise yellow flags for expansion leverage

Price tag at $12  – $18 million to pipe wastewater to Eglin   Two of Santa Rosa’s major wastewater utilities are citing state-regulated effluent treatment limits while lobbying county commissioners to grant expansion plans that face public opposition. Both Holley-Navarre Water System and South Santa Rosa Utility – the latter owned by the City of […]

Treated wastewater disposal could cost $1 million

Treated wastewater disposal could cost $1 million

Meanwhile, Navarre Beach Water dumps in the Sound 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 […]

Wastewater pact with Eglin on distant horizon

Wastewater pact with Eglin on distant horizon

Holley-Navarre Water System officials have reassured Williams Creek residents that the utility’s plan to treat wastewater near their homes is temporary. However,  an alternative proposal to pipe the effluent to Eglin Air Force Base is years from reality. There are numerous complications and potential snags that weren’t discussed at the County Commission’s special meeting last […]

Water system seeks approval for conditional land use

Water system seeks approval for conditional land use

The Holley-Navarre Water System is seeking conditional-use of land that it has owned for 10 years to build two Rapid Infiltration Basin Systems (RIBS) to effectively eliminate treated waste water otherwise known as reclaimed water or effluent.  There will be no mechanical building or equipment on the site of the RIBS and the entire site […]

Drinking water in Holley-Navarre is better than most areas in the country

Drinking water in Holley-Navarre is better than most areas in the country

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., began in April of 2014. Following a switchover to the Flint River as the city’s main water source, corrosive water conditions from the Flint River caused heavy metal leaching from the lead service pipes in the region. Read the full article in the Mar. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Kelly newest face on Holley-Navarre Water System board

Kelly newest face on Holley-Navarre Water System board

Brian Kelly has a strong background in the financial world and now he’ll have a chance to use that experience in Navarre. Kelly was elected to the Holley-Navarre Water System Board last week, the only new person to earn a seat on the board. He will serve a one-year term and head up the water […]

Board election for water system nears

Board election for water system nears

In the midst of the controversy swirling around Holley-Navarre Water System, an annual meeting and election of board of directors is scheduled for Jan. 19. Four seats are open on the board; three from expiring terms and one from the resignation of Will Goulet. The meeting will commence at 7 a.m. at the Board of […]

Holley-Navarre Water rate increase coming

Holley-Navarre Water rate increase coming

Holley-Navarre Water System Inc. plans to raise rates for its roughly 14,000 customers by the end of 2015. In a statement, the nonprofit utility cited several extraordinary recent and upcoming expenses, but declined to be specific about how much they cost or the amount of the looming rate increase. “We’re just letting everybody know there […]

New water system president pushing big plans

New water system president pushing big plans

During peak summer tourism months, hundreds of thousands of gallons of effluent is discharged daily into Santa Rosa Sound from the Navarre Beach Utilities treatment plant. Daryl Lynchard, president of Holley-Navarre Water System (HNWS), has a plan to stop it. Lynchard, who was elected Jan. 27 to lead the HNWS board, envisions major changes for […]

HNWS hires new administrators

HNWS hires new administrators

Holley-Navarre Water System has hired a replacement for retiring longtime general manager Ken Walker. The utility has also added a new position – executive director – to oversee the utility. “Paul Gardner is the new general manager for Holley-Navarre Water System (HNWS), and Billy Sublett has been hired as the executive director for the organization, […]

Boil advisory for Holley-Navarre Water customers

Boil advisory for Holley-Navarre Water customers

A precautionary boil advisory has been issued for about 1,000 Holley-Navarre Water System (HNWS) customers based on a waterline break in the Navarre area. According to the Fla. Department of Health in Santa Rosa County,  customers who were impacted by the break Thursday morning should boil their water until further notice. The boil advisory is for […]