Water

The Spring Lake Improvement District provides "potable" drinking water to all homes in Spring Lake. We are licensed by the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection for water quality and the South Florida Water Management District for water quantity.The District owns and operates the water distribution system as an Enterprise Fund.

In 1971 the first water plant was constructed and had 85,000 gallons in above ground storage, and a design flow of 150,000 gallons per day. Water mains and lines were first installed in Village I and installations continued as the other Villages developed. In 1983 a new water plant was designed that had above ground storage of 250,000 gallons and a flow of 500,000 gallons per day. Today, Spring Lake has a design flow of nearly one million gallons per day.

Unlike many Florida communities, quality water will continue to be available at a reasonable cost; our rates and fees are some of the lowest in the State.

Clay Shrum, who has more than 20 years of experience, is the Water Superintendent for the District. Water plant facilities and maintenance areas are located at the end of Tizzwood, just off Duane Palmer Blvd. All transactions are handled at the District Office.

BACKGROUND: When the Board conducted a public hearing in March of ’08 a number of rates and fees were revised for the first time since 2001. During the course of deliberations it was suggested that the District turn to the Florida Rural Water Association, for future guidance and support. A meeting with the organization resulted in their willingness to conduct several on-site visits to inspect our water operations; assess future operating and capital needs; inspect our wells; and make recommendations to the Board. These studies were done at no cost to the District from July thru November of ’08, and the results and recommendations were presented to the Board at a public hearing on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at the District office. Tom Gustafson made the presentation prepared by FRWA. Moises Villalpando, groundwater specialist, participated in the meeting and gave an additional update for the Board on groundwater and wellhead protection for the future.

FRWA PHILOSOPHY:

FRWA has advocated recommendations for the long-term health of water and waste water systems based on their years of experience. They believe the public is best served by self-sustaining enterprises adequately financed with rates based on sound engineering and economic principles. The analysis they use identifies the true costs of providing services in the long-term. Rates and fees collected must be sufficient to maintain levels of service, cover expenses, fund capital outlays, retire debt, and support reserves (debt-service, repair and replacement, minor capital projects, infrastructure reinvestment, and emergencies).

We currently have over 1,500 water meters in the ground.

DATA COMPARISON SHEETS

The Board was presented with various options based on the study result that projected annual expenses. The data also included customer usages, current rates and income projections, and specific recommendations from FRWA for a base fee and 1,000 gallon charges.This study will be repeated in August, 2009 in preparation for a September 9 Public Hearing on water rates and fees.

ESTABLISHING A POLICY AND COMPREHENSIVE REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO WATER UTILITIES OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE DISTRICT:

This has been a work in progress for the Board since late 2007 with samples secured from a number of communities, information from FRWA, and other agencies. The Board received and reviewed several drafts, the latest of which was presented at the November 2008 Board meeting. This document, including the various forms, was adopted at the January 15, 2009 Board meeting and remains in effect unless a Public Hearing is scheduled to make changes and revisions.

              An Easy Way To Pay:

The Spring Lake Improvement District now offers Automatic Water Bill Payments. Simply fill out and mail the Bank Draft form to the left to us and save the hassle and expense of writing/checks.


WATER RESTRICTIONS

TWO-DAY-A-WEEK WATERING

Highlands County utilizes the rules of the strictest Water District during the watering restriction period. In this case, the strictest rules are from the Southwest Florida Water Management District and apply to all of Highlands County.

EVEN ADDRESSES MAY WATER ON THURSDAY AND/OR SUNDAY

ODD ADDRESSES MAY WATER ON WEDNESDAY AND/OR SATURDAY

Hand Watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and at any time.

These rules apply to all residences within the unincorporated Highlands County using the water resources, whether from public or privately owned water utility systems, private wells, or private connections with surface water bodies.

If you have further questions regarding the watering restrictions or if you would like to report someone watering on the wrong date or time, please call the Highlands County Code Enforcement office at 863-402-6915.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Consumer Confidence Reports
The Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) rule is the first EPA rule to address the public right-to-know provisions of the 1996 Safe Drinking Water amendments. The CCR became effective in September of 1998. We publish this report annually in the District Newsletter and mail it to all water users, as well as post it in the District Office Lobby. Click on the links below to see Consumer Confidence Reports.
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