Local Water Utilities Unite To Save Our Drinking Water
"Save Our Drinking Water"
Media Contact: Dr. Dallas M. Peavey, Jr
CEO, Holley -Navarre Water System Phone: 850.939.2427
SANTA ROSA COUNTY, FLA (January 15, 2021) – Leaders from South Santa Rosa County today announced a new public education campaign to protect the community’s drinking water from expanded borrow-pit mining. Calling their effort, “Save Our Drinking Water,” the local water utilities announced a new website (saveourdrinkingwater.com) and a call to action for residents and businesses to demand a stop to the new mining.
“The safe drinking water for more than half the county, 100,000 people, is at stake,” said John Grant, Board President of the Fairpoint Regional Utility System which is owned by the three local water utilities serving all of south Santa Rosa County. “The three north county commissioners must recognize that they have a duty to all the people of Santa Rosa County, not just to one business.”
Save Our Drinking Water is urging everyone in east Milton and south Santa Rosa County served by the Fairpoint Regional Utility System to sign the website’s petition and to demand the commissioners stop the mining expansion. People who sign the petition will be able to receive news and other updates. Save Our Drinking Water is also asking citizens to plan on attending the commission meeting either in person or virtually to make sure their views are known.
Last year, the three north county commissioners ignored objections from the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board and the Fairpoint Regional Utility System and changed the county’s land use plan to allow a borrow-pit mine to expand its operations, putting a critical wellfield (the East Milton Wellfield Protection Area) in danger. A final hearing that could allow the mining to proceed is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., February 25, 2021, at the Santa Rosa County Administrative Center at 6495 Caroline St. in Milton.
Fairpoint Regional Utility System serves South Santa Rosa County, including Gulf Breeze, Holley Navarre Water System and Midway Water Systems, also provides drinking water on Navarre Beach.