SERCAP is working with the Taylor Coastal Water and Sewer District (TCWSD), in Taylor County, FL, to make system improvements and provide compliance documents as required by the state of Florida. TCWSD serves 346 households, 23% of which are low-income with a median household income of only $19,331.
One of SERCAP’s Technical Assistance Provider’s (TAP’s) in Florida has been working with TCWSD to compile files destroyed by Hurricane Hermine’s high winds and flooding, and has partnered with Taylor Coastal and Preble-Rish Inc., a consulting engineer for the district, on improvements that need to be made to the existing system in order to increase flows and provide fire suppression. Furthermore, due to some redevelopment, TCWSD needs to update and increase the capacity of their system. The proposed improvements include an elevated storage tower, up-sizing of water mains, looping mains, and adding fire hydrants throughout the district’s service area.
SERCAP’s TAP compiled a rate structure which will make the water and sewer facilities self- sustainable by establishing a yearly cost of operation increase. SERCAP’s TAP has also placed grinder pump fees into ordinance after obtaining approval through several meetings with the board members. Additionally, SERCAP has worked with TCWSD to update their emergency response plan and vulnerability assessment.
Without SERCAP’s technical assistance services and willingness to partner with counties, localities, and other community organizations, many rural communities would be forced to go without such necessities as indoor plumbing, properly functioning wells and septic systems, water and wastewater infrastructure solutions, community infrastructure needs, safe and affordable housing, and more. It is important to remember that even in the United States in the 21st Century; there are those who do not have reliable access to clean, safe drinking water, environmentally sound septic facilities, and affordable housing. In order to help SERCAP continue to provide assistance to both the individuals and communities in need, please consider making a donation to SERCAP’s Water Life! Fund!
*Funding for SERCAP’s Regional Program is provided by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Community Services’ (OCS) Grant, USDA RD’s Technitrain Program, the Drinking Water Compliance Grant through the EPA, and the EPA Private Well Grant.