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Monday, August 11, 2008

Fight over reclaimed water has Port Orange hot

Published 8/10/08
The St. Johns River Water Management District has taken notice of the value of reclaimed water. Water district officials want to exert control over how water local wastewater utilities, residents and businesses use the resource.

Port Orange City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose the water management district's proposed rules. Water management officials plan a public hearing in November and vote in December on the plan.

The city's plant produces 12 million gallons of reclaimed water a day. Port Orange recently completed a 75-acre lake to hold excess reclaimed water for use during peak times. A second 100-acre lake should be completed later this year.

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