City of Milton Secures Milestone Permit for Water Reclamation Facility

Posted on March 28, 2024 by Staff reports

The City of Milton has been issued a vital permit by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the North Santa Rosa Regional Water Reclamation Facility, signifying a major step forward in its dedication to sustainable infrastructure and environmental stewardship, according to a City news release.

This permit, granted under Chapter 403 of the Florida Statutes (No. FLA753335-004-DWIR), enables the construction of two sprayfields on city-owned property on Jeff Ates Road, which will process 1.28 million gallons of treated effluent per day. The City is currently awaiting review from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before determining the project’s commencement date.

Located within the Santa Rosa Industrial Complex, the new water reclamation facility is set to significantly enhance the region’s capacity for development.

Additionally, this permit allows the City to remove its direct discharge of treated effluent into the Blackwater River.

With the existing facility approaching its 2 million gallons-per-day capacity and located close to the river, this project is critical for addressing environmental concerns and supporting the projected 32% increase in population by 2040. 

The facility is designed to benefit not only the current communities of Milton, Berryhill, East Milton, and NAS Whiting Field but also to accommodate potential growth of the Whiting Aviation Park and the I-10 corridor.

Per the City, this strategic initiative is crucial for maintaining ecological balance over the long term.

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