City of Gulf Breeze and South Santa Rosa Utilities System Effluent Irrigation System Maintenance Complete


A two day maintenance activity has just been completed for the South Santa Rosa Utility System effluent irrigation system. The City and the SSRUS manage the 2.0 MGD capacity wastewater treatment system serving 8,000 customers in Gulf Breeze and Santa Rosa County. The system includes spray irrigation of effluent as part of a final treatment to wastewater. Irrigation can be the most practical and environmentally-friendly way that communities can dispose of treated effluent from wastewater treatment plants. Reusing wastewater to irrigate land can help protect precious surface water resources like Santa Rosa Sound. In addition, effluent irrigation conserves potable water for other uses. Currently, a total of 602 acres are utilized by the City of Gulf Breeze and SSRUS for effluent irrigation disposal. These areas are comprised of specifically designated irrigation fields, businesses, residential properties and the Tiger Point Golf Course.

Irrigating with wastewater is safe when the system is maintained properly, when proper pretreatment is applied and when regulatory requirements are met. Spray irrigation requires meticulous standards monitored by agencies like the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. For instance, utilities that use spray irrigation for effluent must conduct routine sample testing and maintain appropriate timing and levels of discharge.
For this maintenance activity, staff completed replacement of pump components to insure reliable operation.

For more information, contact Nathan Ford,, 850-934-5153.

Santa Rosa County Amnesty Day – October 8th

Santa Rosa County will host Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Amnesty Day on Sat., Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Santa Rosa County South Service Center, 5819 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Midway. This event offers residents the opportunity to dispose of HHW at no charge without having to drive to the Central Landfill in Milton. Additionally, up to five regular car or truck tires per vehicle are being accepted for the first time at the event.

Residents will be required to remove items from their vehicles. Remember, HHW items can cause injury if handled improperly. These items will usually have a warning or cautionary statement on their labels, such as flammable, corrosive, poison or toxic. The following items will be accepted and should never be disposed of with household garbage:
-- up to five gallons each of:
antifreeze, oil and gasoline
paint and solvents
lubricants and grease
pesticides and fertilizers
pool cleaners and household cleaners
-- oil filters
-- batteries and battery backups
-- five-gallon propane bottles
-- computers and typewriters
-- printers, copiers, fax machines, and DVD/DVR players
-- fluorescent light bulbs
-- fire extinguishers
"At our Amnesty Day in March, we collected almost 40,000 pounds of waste products with close to 2,500 pounds of it returned to our 'free' shelf which is disbursed back to the public for reuse," said Ron Hixon, director of environmental operations at Santa Rosa County. "The cost of providing HHW amnesty service to the citizens would have been $18,086, but fortunately a 75 percent grant co-op combined with a rebate on electronics recycling brought our payment down to $3,862."

Conditionally exempt small quantity generators (small businesses, schools and growers, etc.) may dispose of hazardous waste at a reduced rate. CESQG waste is accepted by appointment only. Call (850) 981-7135 by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7 to schedule a drop-off time.

Santa Rosa residents can dispose of HHW and up to five regular tires per vehicle at no charge year-round, Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the HHW center at the entrance to the Central Landfill, 6337 Da Lisa Road in Milton.

Amnesty Day is made possible by Santa Rosa County in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Okaloosa County Environmental Office. For more information, contact (850) 981-7135.

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