Four years on, still few answers on water for PSJ

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 09:26 AM.

“Do we have any hope of getting good water any time soon?”

In many ways, the city has been buffeted by outside forces throughout the path to present.

The Northwest Florida Water Management District, seeking to take as many residents in the region off the coastal Floridan Aquifer as possible to prevent saltwater intrusion, partnered with the city with a vision of creating a regional water supplier.

The vision remains within the district offices. The district assisted in the purchase of the freshwater canal that links the Chipola River to the city’s water plant and provides the surface water source.

The vision is that the city may one day serve everywhere from Mexico Beach to Apalachicola.

To use that water, more caustic than deep well water, the city charted relatively new treatment processes, with CDM Smith designing the system and Siemens providing the equipment.

A plant in Dalton, GA is the closest clone in the country to the city’s system, city manager Jim Anderson said.

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