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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Ocklawaha water has hefty price

Published 12/11/07
Marion County and Ocala officials received an update Monday on the cost of a plan to potentially pump the Ocklawaha River for future drinking water supplies. The price was not cheap.

The total construction costs for a single water treatment plant and 173 miles of pipe to serve 15 utilities in Marion, Lake and Putnam counties was in excess of $811.3 million. Marion's estimated contribution for the plant and pipeline, based on the county getting 21.3 million gallons of water per day, is approximately $158 million. The price estimate had Ocala paying $81.8 million toward construction for 15 million gallons per day.
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