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Gulf Breeze builds water tower
The City of Gulf Breeze is planning to build a new elevated tank for reclaimed water. It will cost the city more than $600,000, but half of that will be paid with a grant from the Northwest Florida Water Management District.
The design of the water tower and its location will be discussed and determined over the next few months.
The elevated tank will be used to store reclaimed water from the waste water treatment plant.
That water could then be distributed to houses, businesses and other institutions that want to use the water for sprinkler systems.
Buz Eddy, City Manager, said "It would help us maintain pressure on the reclaim system. We have an awful lot of users that use our water instead of water out of the ground and sprinkling and irrigation."
Gulf Breeze City Manager, Buz Eddy, says the tower will make for a system that is always ready. Whenever a customer wants to turn on their sprinkler, 300,000 gallons would be up in the tower and waiting.
"If you try to maintain the pressure on an irrigation system with just pumps, it is very costly."
And speaking of cost, if the city wants they can try to cover the other 50% of the cost by increasing the flat fee tax from $4 to $10 per month. In 10 years they would have the more than $300,000 back they put up for the project.