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Reflections and New Opportunities

Greetings from Tallahassee!



In January The FDEP issued a Distributed Wastewater Treatment System Permit to the Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) which covers all of Lake County. It was issued with a limit of 20,000 gallons per day and will cover the first 90-100 residential units. As we approach the limit, we will go back to FDEP and request a capacity increase.

OnSyte recently executed a utility agreement with the City of Apopka to support their new Septic to Distributed Sewer conversion program.



The program was launched in November 2020 and is jointly funded by FDEP, SJRWMD and the City. In the first 30 days of the program, we had 30 homeowners signed up to participate! The installations are scheduled to begin in March, and Springs Protection grant funding is already available for up to 175 installations.

Highlights from 2020:

  • April: first FDEP Distributed Sewer permit was issued to a utility, first residential unit installed in Florida (Lake Hamilton, Polk County)

  • August: First FDEP Springs Protection grant funded system approved. The system will replace 99 septic tanks located at Otter Springs (Nature Coast Regional Water Authority, Gilchrist County)

  • October: Partnered with The Water Tower, a water industry-focused innovation center in Gwinnett County, GA. OnSyte will be supplying a DWTU and providing wastewater treatment for the future Field Training Center on the Water Tower campus in 2021.

  • November: First Septic to Distributed Sewer program launched by the City of Apopka

  • December: OnSyte was integrated with Dewberry’s design proposal for a septic tank conversion project at St. Joe Peninsula State Park (Gulf County)

  • December: OnSyte was integrated with Kimley Horn’s design proposal for the new Okeechobee Field Station for SFWMD (Okeechobee County)

  • Increased sales and production capacity

  • Introduced the latest innovation in SCADA-controlled, micro-SBR treatment (we named it MultiPass*) and we’re achieving >90% nitrogen removal in residential strength wastewater (*patent pending)

  • Added Herschel Vinyard to the management team!

With activity ramping up in Lake, Orange, Lee and Miami-Dade Counties and across Georgia, we’re looking forward to a very busy 2021!

The OnSyte team is standing by to assist with briefings, presentations, etc. Just let us know how we can help.

On behalf of the entire team,


Scott

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