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Posted on: June 23, 2022

FGUA - Chatmire Septic To Sewer


The Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) has applied for a Springs Grant-Fund supported by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) in the Rainbow Springs and Rainbow River areas. Community support is a key element in continuing our efforts in reducing nutrient loading (Nitrogen) for the Rainbow Springs corridor. Please take a few moments to submit comments in support of the project listed below. All public comments must be submitted by completing this form - Springs Public Comment Form FY 22-23, and must be submitted no later than June 30, 2022. The comment form itself is limited to 250 words; however, separate comment documents may also be attached.

Project Count: # 25

Project Name: Rainbow River—Chatmire Septic to Sewer Project

         This $10 million dollar project has been designed and permitted.  Due to funding constraints, the project will be constructed in phases.  The project includes a sanitary sewer collection and conveyance system which will remove approximately 117 existing septic tanks in the Chatmire community. The project will reduce approximately 1,068 lbs. of total Nitrogen each year from entering the Rainbow River. Phase I includes service to 24 homes and will bid in July 2022.

These bodies of water are listed as Outstanding Florida Waters and are classified as high priorities in the Surface Water Improvement and Management Plan (SWIM). These bodies of water are impaired under FAC 62-303(d) by total Nitrogen (TN). The Florida Governmental Utility Authority recognizes the vital ecological and economic importance that Rainbow Springs and the Rainbow River have in the community.   In the Dunnellon area community, there has been a very proactive approach in reducing total Nitrogen receiving roughly 20 million in Springs Grant Funding from FDEP for five projects currently underway.


John Nieves

Community Services Representative


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